WORK to transform one of Swansea's main traffic routes into a European-style boulevard will begin next month.
Council bosses say everything possible will be done to minimise disruption for motorists when work begins on the stretch of Victoria Road between Princess Way and The Strand on Tuesday, March 5.
The £8 million project will improve the look of a key Swansea city centre gateway by introducing environmental enhancements between the River Tawe bridges and Princess Way.
Work includes introducing better quality and wider pavements, better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, tree planting and benches as well as public art.
Phil Holmes, Swansea Council's head of economic regeneration and planning, said: "Victoria Road and Quay Parade act as a barrier between the city centre and its waterfront.
"This is why links between city centre shops and the Maritime Quarter, SA1 and the promenade need improving to encourage more people to cycle and walk between them.
"This project will also generate a better impression of Swansea and help attract more investment in future."
Contractors will start preparing on site for the first phase of boulevard project works on Wednesday, February 27, before work starts on Tuesday, March 5.
Off-peak working and night-time working will take place wherever possible, and narrow lanes will be introduced to maintain traffic flows.
Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times during peak hours.
It's one of several projects being funded by the Welsh Government's Regeneration Area programme, the European Regional Development Fund and Swansea Council to improve Swansea city centre.
Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Design principles for the boulevard were first agreed in January 2011. Funding for the boulevard is ring-fenced, which means it can only be spent on this project.
"Everything will be done to limit potential impact on motorists"
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 timescale next year.
Information panels for the public will also be available at the National Waterfront Museum from Friday, February 22, to Wednesday, March 6.