A near £50million boost could be given to the Northumberland economy from the Morpeth Northern Bypass, forecasts suggest.
Construction of the £30million South East Northumberland Link Road is due to start later this year, providing a route to the A1 from Whorral Bank to Fairmoor.
Long-term central growth figures for the next 60 years predict the road will provide £47million of economic benefit to Nothumberland, including £7million for Castle Morpeth.
It could trigger the creation of between 1,700 and 3,000 jobs in Morpeth, will open up large areas north of the town for housing and employment land, and reduce business travel time and costs for journeys between the A1 and south east Northumberland.
County Council Leader Grant Davey said: “While the new bypass will have some immediate advantages for residents and road users, the long-term benefits should provide an economic boost for many years to come.”