The government has approved £12m plans to alleviate traffic congestion in a County Durham town.
A new road - The Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor (DETC) - will connect the town's Haughton Road with the A66.
It is hoped that the single-carriageway 3km road will also bring economic regeneration by opening up several areas for development.
Construction, due to begin in January 2007, should take around two years.
In particular, Haughton Road, Yarm Road and McMullen Road are expected to benefit from reduced volumes of traffic.
Funding for the development was approved by transport minister Gillian Merron.
Speaking on Monday, she said: "The Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor scheme will bring considerable traffic reduction and environmental benefits to residential communities in the east of the town.
"It will also help people travel to work, carry out business in Darlington and have better access to leisure and recreational facilities."