A £12.4m scheme to construct a new two-level junction on the A12 north of Colchester is set to start next week.
The junction will serve an area of north Colchester, known as Cuckoo Farm, which will include the new Colchester United football stadium and will provide a direct link between the A12 and Colchester Northern Approaches Relief Road.
Barbara Follett, Minister for the East of England, said:
"This is very good news as, I am sure, anyone who uses the A12 will agree; especially those who live in and around Colchester.
"Their access to the north of the town will be much improved and, as Colchester United Football Club is building its new ground here, fans will have easier journeys too.
"The new junction will also have an important part to play in reducing congestion on the A12 and in facilitating the building of new, and much needed, housing."
Chris Shuker, Highways Agency project manager, said:
“When this £12.4m scheme is complete it will ease congestion on the A12 and will provide drivers with a direct link to and from north Colchester. It will be situated between Boxted Road overbridge to the west and the Ardleigh Crown Interchange to the east.
“While the work is being carried out there will be lane closures and some full carriageway closures which will take place during overnight off-peak periods. Drivers on the A12 will be given advance warning of any closures. There will also be speed restrictions throughout the works which are expected to be completed by March 2011.”
The scheme is being promoted by Essex County Council which has secured Community Infrastructure Funding (CIF) for the work.