DURANT, Okla. (KTEN)-- University Boulevard is a main road going through Durant connecting hundreds of businesses and roads leading to the highway.

The problem? It's only two lanes and is not equipped to handle the number of vehicles that travel it daily.

The City of Durant is starting a $3.1 million project that will expand the boulevard to three lanes and include a turning lane, more traffic signals, sidewalks and a better drainage system.

Construction begins October 4 and is expected to about six months. It will cover a nine-city block area east of University Place and west of Westside Drive.

The city hopes it will benefit businesses along the road.

"It will help traffic flow getting in and out," said City of Durant spokesperson Kelli Simmons. "It may be a little bit of growing pains in the beginning, but just bear with us, and before you know it you're going to have a beautiful expanded street here on University Boulevard."

City staffers say you can expect more traffic congestion once construction starts, but it will be temporary.

The city will be posting updates on their Facebook page for possible lane closures and traffic back-ups throughout the project.