SWANSEA’S long- awaited “boulevard” scheme will break ground next week.
The council has brought in contractors to start on the first phase of the project between Princess Way and the Strand on Wednesday.
The boulevard is aimed at improving the look of a key city centre gateway and attracting more investment in future.
It includes better quality and wider pavements, improved routes for cyclists and pedestrians, tree planting, benches, and public art. Traffic light technology along the route will also be improved to help the traffic flow.
Nick Bradley, Swansea council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The works have been designed to ensure minimal disruption to motorists and pedestrians during construction.
“Putting narrow lanes in place will allow work to continue during the daytime while leaving the travelling public unaffected. Works which require lane or carriageway closures will be undertaken at night when advertised temporary traffic orders will also come in to effect.
“We’ll be regularly updating people with information during the project through local newspapers and radio stations, social media and a designated website.”
This first phase lasts until the end of November before a second phase follows between the River Tawe bridges and The Strand on a similar time scale next year.
Further improvements to the pavements and roads will also be made on Adelaide Street and near Swansea Museum.