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Main route through Swansea community to be improved

Gower Road, Swansea. Credit: Google Maps

One of the main routes through a Swansea community is being upgraded as part of Swansea Council multi million pound investment of the city’s roads.

Gower Road (A4118), which cuts through the centre of Sketty’s commercial centre is being resurfaced to prolong the life of the busy main road.

Almost 400 metres of new road surface is set to be laid over a five-day period starting on Saturday 24 October. The road improvements will stretch between the junction of Gower Road with De La Beche Road and Parc Wern Road.

Stop & go signs will be used along Gower Road to help move traffic through the works safely during the work. Temporary road closures are also necessary along small sections of De La Beche Road, Parc Wern Road, Eversley Road and Brynmill Lane (near the junctions with Gower Road) so that the improvements can be completed.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement & Infrastructure Management, said: “Gower Road is a main route through a number of communities in Swansea including Sketty.

“The section we will be working on carries a high volume of vehicles every day so it’s important we get in there and complete the work to help maintain the route.”

The council approved a budget of £7.4million earlier in the year specifically for highways improvements – the largest investment in the city’s highway infrastructure to date.

In the summer, parts of main roads including the A48 and A483 were also resurfaced as part of the investment and more recently, resurfacing works are taking place in Killay, Kittle and West Cross.

The Council’s PATCH (Priority Action Team for Community Highways) programme is also underway where sections of road in each ward across Swansea are being targeted and upgraded.

PATCH schemes are currently underway in Killay this week with the teams moving to Dunvant from 26 October.

Cllr Thomas added: “”Our PATCH road repair programme has been going for a number of years in the city and has been very successful in targeting repairs that are larger than a simple pothole.

“Everyone in the city should see a benefit where they live because we plan it so our highway maintenance teams visit every ward and target the worst sections of road identified during our regular inspections.”