I’ll give you the bad news first: You’ll be driving through construction on Henderson Avenue for about a year. The good news: That construction means the long-awaited improvements to the corridor are finally underway.

Construction crews began the first phase of the project Monday between Miller and Bonita avenues, according to the Vickery Place Neighborhood Association. It is expected to take three months.

The five-phase project will stretch from Central to Ross avenues and is expected to finish in spring 2020. Planned improvements include road resurfacing, pedestrian crosswalks, pedestrian lights, barrier-free ramps, landscaping, new storm drains and a traffic signal at the intersection of Henderson and Willis avenues.

More than $3 million will be spent on the project, according to a letter from City of Dallas project manager Marco Bravo. The Advocate previously reported that the City designated $1.3 million toward sprucing up the 1.3-mile stretch as part of a 2012 bond package. A separate pot of money was earmarked for repaving the street from Ross to Richard avenues.

The second phase will consist of reconstructing the stretch from Bonita to Belmont avenues. The third phase will take place between Belmont and Glencoe Street. The fourth phase will include the segment from Glencoe to McMillan Avenue. The fifth phase will extend from McMillan to Ross.