The Covid-19 crisis and the lockdown has caused restrictions but the Swansea Labour-led council’s highways teams have continued to keep the city on the move.
They have been carrying out hundreds of road repairs since the start of the lockdown and major projects like the £750,000 Broadway interchange and the £250,000 Loughor Bridge refurbishment have re-started.
As well as that more than 530 essential repairs have been completed, including the £80,000 re-surfacing of the A483 between Jct 47 of the M4 and the Cadle roundabout.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, has been impressed by the work the highways teams have been able to do.
He said: “Since the start of the pandemic all council services have been transformed to respond to its demands.
“But even though there is less traffic than normal our highways team is still there for Swansea. They have been out there checking for defects and ordering in emergency repairs where necessary to ensure those who need to use the roads can do so safely.
“Like other council services, some of the work we’re able to do restricted or the way we do has had to change in order to comply with social distancing rules. We are also not able to do as much work as normal because of the reduced availability of materials and because some staff have be re-assigned to Covid-19 activities.
“The most important thing is that where highways work has to be done, it’s completed in a way that keeps our staff safe and residents safe as well.”
Further works have started back up to complete the Kingsbridge link between Gorseinon and Gowerton, providing an off-road shared use path for cyclists and walkers.
Work is also ongoing at the junction of Mayals Road and Mumbles Road as part of improvements to the cycling and pedestrian network, as well as work starting on the A48 shared use path which stretches from the M4 near the DVLA headquarters and travels for 3.9km to Penllergaer in the West.