Boulevard work continues in Swansea
THE next stage of work on Swansea's £8 million boulevard scheme is about to get under way.
The first phase stretches from The Strand to Princess Way. A second phase will follow between The Strand and the river bridges next year.
The aim is to create a vibrant, tree-lined city street between the River Tawe bridges and Princess Way.
Over 80 trees will be planted along the route and pavements will be widened to cater for pedestrians and cyclists.
There are also plans for improved pedestrian crossings at all junctions along the route to create better links between the city centre and the waterfront.
On Monday, work will start at Princess Way's junction with Oystermouth Road.
New traffic management arrangements will be in place between Oystermouth Road's junctions with West Way and Princess Way. The bus lane that runs alongside Tesco in an easterly direction will be temporarily closed for driver safety.
This means the pavement between Albert Row and Princess Way will be closed but council bosses have said clearly marked diversions for pedestrians will be in place.
As part of the work, next week, the traffic island adjacent to St David's Car Park will be re-shaped and mini-roundabout by the New York pub on Princess Way will be removed.
Swansea Council said any works that require a lane closure would be carried out in the evening to minimise disruption during peak times.
They said residents and businesses in the area would be notified of any evening works in advance.
Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "We have to do all we can during the boulevard scheme to minimise disruption for the many thousands of motorists who use this busy road every day.
''This is why it's vital two lanes of traffic are open in both directions during peak-time hours when the road is at its busiest.
"We'll be contacting people who live and work in the area in advance of any necessary evening works to keep them as informed as possible."
The project is being funded by the Welsh Government's Regeneration Area programme, the European Regional Development Fund and Swansea Council.