Canterbury City Council will start the building of its controversial multi-storey car park in Station Road West at the end of February.
It will follow the completion of sewage works by Southern Water which has seen the road closed and partially closed in November and December.
The 370-space car park will cost £9.1 million and has proved unpopular with critics who complain it will be underused and is unattractive.
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Others have pointed to a lack of lifts in the structure.
Council chief executive Colin Carmichael said: “The provision of passenger lifts is not a legal requirement nor a requirement under Building Regulations.
“Indeed lifts can create more problems for users if they are not working or if people need to escape in the event of a fire.
“That is why it is usually better to make adequate provision for those with mobility problems on the ground floor.”
The council added that its officers were looking at how to include the car park in a integrated transport hub for the area.