The construction of the crucial final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass is due to begin within weeks.
The announcement has been made after a mayoral decision authorised the appointment of the contractor to carry out the works. Breheny Civil Engineering won the tender process after scoring highest for both quality and service.
A completed Western Bypass has featured in national and local plans for more than 50 years. The project to construct the long-awaited crucial final section was propelled forward following the Bedford Borough Council decision to issue Complusory Purchase Orders to acquire the land needed for the road, alongside work to seek the land and rights required by agreement.
The final stretch of bypass will link the A4280 Bromham Road/Deep Spinney Roundabout junction with the A6 Paula Radcliffe Way/A6 Clapham Road Roundabout junction, providing a last link up with the A421 to the south west of Bedford and Kempston.
The Mayor said: “We are delighted to have overcome the series of obstacles which had blocked this vital project for Bedford Borough while making it easier for all road users to get around.
“This is excellent news for our road network, for the local economy and for local quality of life, and when work starts on site it will not be a moment too soon. The completed bypass will reduce congestion in and around Bedford and cut journey times, while making this location even more attractive to investors.”
Construction is expected to take around 18 months, with the new road due to be open in spring 2016.