Night-time work to take place on Swansea's boulevard road project
NIGHT-TIME working will be taking place as part of the boulevard project next week.
The works, expected to start on Monday evening (April 22) and finish at the end of the week, will include preparations to divert power services running underneath Oystermouth Road at its junction with Princess Way.
Works will continue through the night to ensure the road's open to traffic in the mornings.
Night-time working will avoid lane closures during the day that would disrupt motorists travelling to and from the city centre. Residents and businesses close to the works are being informed.
Measures like "noise baffles", which reduce sounds, will be in place to reduce noise disruption but some nearby residents may still be affected. This is unavoidable because of the nature of the works but the contractor will also work on both carriageways at the same time. Weather-permitting, this should minimise the number of nights that will be worked in a bid to reduce impact.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: "Narrow lanes are now in place as part of the first phase of the boulevard works to ensure two lanes of traffic are flowing in both directions during peak-time hours. This is vitally important because it means the project isn't disrupting commuters, delivery vehicles, visitors and shoppers driving in and out of the city centre at busy times.
"The next portion of works will require lane closures but we have to continue to do all we can to minimise the project's impact on the thousands of drivers using Quay Parade between 8am and 6.30pm. This is why these lane closures will only be put in place at night when the road is far quieter. We're taking measures to minimise noise disruption the scheme could generate and will continue to keep nearby residents and businesses informed."
This first phase between Princess Way and The Strand lasts until the end of November before a second phase follows between the River Tawe bridges and The Strand next year.
The £8million boulevard is funded by the Welsh Government's Regeneration Area programme, the European Regional Development Fund and Swansea Council. The Arts Council for Wales is contributing funding towards public art.