One of Katherine's worst intersections is in the midst of major repair.
The $511,000 project began last week to make the busy intersection safer, by diverting feeder roads.
But some business owners are not happy with the dusty construction and the confusion it is causing some drivers.
Kathy Smale, the owner of Katherine Exposure Photographics, said she is concerned the blocked-off intersection is an accident waiting to happen.
"A lot of people don't know what is going on," she said.
"I've seen people drive up, stop and realise they can't get through and then they just reverse back."
The corner store sits right on the intersection and provides the owners with a perfect view of the roadworks.
It is also a popular place for residents and visitors to stop by to print their photos and check on their lottery tickets.
"We get a lot of tourists asking about what is going on, and some of them are disappointed about it because they have to back track with their large vehicles or traverse the round about to park their car," Mrs Smale said.
The work comes after multiple incidents at the intersection and safety concerns raised by the community.
Tender drawings show the median strip will be extended.
Once complete, drivers heading towards Katherine East will only be able to turn left and the controversial U-turn sign will also be removed.
Residents and business owners were invited to provide feedback on the proposed work in December last year by emailing the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.
Concerned with the proposal, Mrs Smale said her comments "fell on deaf ears", while many others may not have had the chance to comment at all.
"The public has not been informed enough," she said.
"The consultation process was not long enough and it was not advertised."
The long-term business owner said she would have rather seen traffic lights installed at the intersection to allow for continued traffic flow.
"My major concern is how emergency service vehicles will get through," she said.
"What if there is a heart attack patient outside my shop, they will have to make a lot of detours to get here. What if there is a fire, how will the firetruck get through?"
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