Kirkcaldy Esplanade is in line for a drastic facelift.
Just months after the multi-million-pound seafront development opened to the public, plans for a further £400,000 of work have been unveiled.
It will see the dual carriageway cut to single lanes, the removal of the central reservation and the creation of more than 100 on-street parking spaces.
It is hoped the work along with the creation of a visitor centre to honour world-famous economist Adam Smith will help rejuvenate the east end of High Street.
The proposals are still in the early stage of design and will be subject to further discussions before being brought forward for approval.
Fife Council engineer Neil McLeary said the new look would make it easier for people to walk from High Street to the seafront.
“At the moment, they have to walk quite far to get to a crossing then cross four lanes of traffic,” he said.
“This would remove that barrier and make the town centre more welcoming.”
Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of the council’s Kirkcaldy area committee, added: “It would make a huge difference to the economic viability of the east end of the High Street.
“It will bring the Esplanade to life.”
He cautioned however: “There’s no funding in place for this right now so we need to have a conversation about how we are going to fund it.”
The Esplanade at one time formed part of the main route to Edinburgh from central and east Fife.
However, the opening of the A92 east Fife regional road in the early 1990s dramatically reduced the volume of traffic using it and there is no longer a need for a dual carriageway.
Councillors hope that the revamp will remove the physical barrier that prevents people accessing the High Street from the seafront.
Meanwhile, work to restore an 18th Century listed building and turn it into an exhibition and visitor centre honouring Adam Smith should be back on track this year.
The project stalled after problems were identified with the building’s foundations and further funding was required.
Members of the area committee have agreed to underwrite a £30,000 loan for the work should a funding application prove to be unsuccessful.
Councillors were told that if the project was not completed as scheduled, a £300,000 award from the Coastal Communities Fund could be lost.
Neil Crooks added: “That’s not something I want to contemplate. We need to get this back on track.”