Thousands of motorists will soon have a smoother drive in and out of Swansea every day.
As part of the boulevard scheme, the stretch of Quay Parade and Victoria Road between The Strand and Albert Row is being resurfaced.
The resurfacing works, due to start, weather depending, on Monday March 3, will last for up to three weeks.
The works, being undertaken at night to minimise disruption to motorists, will require carriageway closures between the river bridges and West Way. Works will be undertaken separately on the eastbound and westbound carriageways, ensuring that one carriageway is always open.
Whilst the closures are in place for the carriageway resurfacing, some works on the central reserve between the Strand and New Cut Road will also be undertaken in preparation for the next phase of the boulevard project.
Well-signed diversions for traffic will be in place via New Cut Road, Bridge Street, Dyfatty Street, Alexandra Road, De La Beche Street, Christina Street, Dilwyn Street and West Way while the westbound carriageway is closed. The reverse route will be in place while the eastbound carriageway is closed.
Access to Sainsbury’s, the Maritime Quarter and businesses including the LC will be maintained throughout the works.
A Swansea Council spokesperson said: “The resurfacing works are a vital part of the boulevard project, but they’ll need entire carriageway closures to take place. We’ll be undertaking these works at night to minimise disruption to motorists and will do all we can to keep residents and businesses informed.
“We’re starting to make tangible progress on site and are still on schedule to finish the overall scheme by the early autumn. Once complete, the boulevard project will benefit motorists, businesses and pedestrians by greatly improving the look of a major city centre gateway and encouraging more people to pass between the seafront and the city centre.”
Work will also take place at the same time but during the day to upgrade Somerset Place. These works will include widening the western footway and planting new trees to improve the link between the bottom of Wind Street and the Sail Bridge. A temporary, one-way system will be in place in the Maritime Quarter throughout the scheme and local residents and businesses are being kept informed.
The boulevard project, which stretches from Princess Way to the River Tawe bridges, is funded by the Welsh Government’s Regeneration Area programme, the European Regional Development Fund and Swansea Council. The completed scheme will include 80 new trees, wider pavements and the introduction of improved crossing points at key locations.
Have a look at www.swanseacitycentre.com/boulevard or call 01792 635705 for more information.