The countdown has begun to the construction of the long-running £24.3m Broughton bypass project.
However, it has another hurdle to cross on its route from drawing board to building work.
The Transport for Lancashire Committee met last week to consider an independent review of the project.
The new 1.9km route is intended to cut congestion at a notorious traffic jam hotspot – the Broughton crossroads on the A6, three miles north of Preston.
It gained government approval in July following a public inquiry into objections to local compulsory purchase orders on the proposed route.
The next stop is the Lancashire Enterprise Board, which met yesterday to consider final approval and funding towards its cost through the Local Growth Deal.
Independent consultant firm Atkins says it is satisifed that the project has been developed to the “expected standard” in most areas.
It is anticipated a contract for construction work will be awarded in December, with work starting on site in January and continuing for a year.
The business case is a requirement of accessing Local Growth Deal funding and approval.
The new road is also expected to bring a boost to other road users.
Lancashire County Council, which has designed the bypass, has pledged to invest £0.5m to improve roads, public areas and walking and cycling facilities nearby.
It is expected some £6.7m will go towards the scheme from the Local Growth Fund, with another £8.8m from the County Council and others.