A planning inquiry into the development of the Broughton Bypass will be held next April.
The inquiry is scheduled to begin on April 14 at Preston Grasshoppers RFC, Lightfoot Lane, Preston.
Martin Galloway, head of network management for Lancashire County Council, said: “In total the land needed for the bypass covers around 18 hectares whose current use is predominantly agricultural, and the CPO covers 17 hectares which we still need to acquire to build the road.
“Our schedule for building the bypass, starting on site in late 2015, accounts for the time which may be needed for a planning enquiry, but is dependent on when a decision is reached following the inquiry.
“Congestion has been an issue in Broughton village for the last 40 years, and there is a strong case for the road which will also bring benefits in terms of traffic, noise, pollution and our economy as Preston continues to grow in the future.”
Work is due to begin on the bypass next autumn and aims to be finished in 2017.