Roadside information boards have been installed to outline plans for the Morpeth Northern Bypass.
The proposed £30million scheme, which will connect south east Northumberland to the A1, was examined by a planning inspector earlier this year. He has now completed his report and passed it to the Secretary of State.
A decision on whether the road will be approved is expected early in the New Year, and if granted, construction would start in the spring. The bypass is scheduled to take around 18 months to complete.
Northumberland County Council Policy Board Member for Streetcare and Environment Ian Swithenbank said: “We are progressing well through the legal process that is required for such a major scheme. The installation boards will make this seem more of a reality for local residents.
“The new bypass will open up new areas for development and alleviate traffic pressures in Morpeth town centre and surrounding villages. It will greatly improve traffic links to towns in the south east of the county.”
The 3.8km-long bypass will run to the north of Morpeth, from Whorral Bank to the A1 between Fairmoor and Lancaster Park.
Information boards can be seen at the layby on the A192, north of Lancaster Park, and the layby north of Whorral Bank, opposite Pegswood Moor Country Park.