Motorists will be able to use part of The Kingsway’s new road surface for the first time later this month.
On Wednesday, September 26 the updated road system will be open for traffic.
Those heading west on one of the existing one-way lanes will be diverted onto fresh Tarmac near the Cradock Street/Union Street junction. They will remain on the new lane all the way to the roundabout at the Westway/St Helen’s Road junction.
Motorists heading either east or west along The Kingsway into Christina Street will be directed as usual.
The roadworks are part of a £12m regeneration programme which is transforming The Kingsway and neighbouring streets.
Labour councillor Mark Thomas, the council’s cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said: “This is another sign of real progress as we transform The Kingsway into a people-friendly green artery for the city.
“This £12m project is on track for completion next year and we were delighted to announce this week that The Kingsway will be clear to traffic and pedestrians this Christmas, with roadworks suspended for seven weeks from November 18.
“We continue to talk to the public and businesses during this significant work and thank them for their patience at this time of change.”
The September 26 lane switch will see the temporary closure – at different times – of two pedestrian crossings on The Kingsway.
The crossing outside Tilleys will close from September 17-21; the crossing outside The Optic Shop will close from September 24-28. This means that at least one crossing will be open throughout this work.
Russell Greenslade, chief executive of Swansea Business Improvement District (BID) which represents more than 870 businesses, said: “The Kingsway project is moving forward and it’s good to see. We continue to liaise closely with the council and look forward to the latest advance and, of course, to the aim of having The Kingsway cleared by November 18 ready for the peak trade Christmas period. We encourage shoppers to support our city centre businesses who employ thousands of people who in turn support the communities they live in.”
The Kingsway is being transformed into a city park, incorporating landscaped park land and new public areas for pedestrians and cyclists. From next year there will be a two-lane two-way vehicle route and significantly widened pedestrian walkways.
The whole scheme – including improvements to Orchard Street, Alexandra Road, Christina Street, Grove Place, Alexandra Road and Cradock Street and extensive greenery – is on target for a 2019 completion.