"We plan to have it finished before the height of the summer tourism season," said Steve Dennis, the City of Corning's director of planning and economic development.
May 22 is the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, and the first full day of the city's GlassFest.
The project is intended to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety on a busy stretch of Pulteney Street.
Plans call for changes to driving lanes as well as the installation of signage, raised medians and landscaping on roughly a block of East Pulteney, between Centerway and Baker Street.
Work should progress fairly quickly, Dennis
"One lane of traffic will be kept open, but people should expect some delays," he
Dennis is overseeing the project, a joint effort between the city and the state Department of Transportation, which provided a $480,000 grant to cover the bulk of the cost.