Senior county councillors have approved plans for a new £148 million dual carriageway to join the A46 Pennells Roundabout to the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, creating a complete ring road around the city.
The North Hykeham Relief Road is expected to cost £148.5 million if built as dual carriageway and between £100m and £117m if built as single.
Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Now that our proposal for a dual carriageway North Hykeham Relief Road has been approved by Highways Scrutiny and Executive, the next step will be finalising the outline business case for the new road.
“When complete this autumn, it will be used when applying for government funding towards the scheme as and when it becomes available.
“The North Hykeham Relief will be an essential piece of infrastructure for the Greater Lincoln area and play a pivotal role in shaping Lincoln’s future.
“By forming the final section of a complete ring road around the city, not only will it will help further reduce traffic congestion in and around Lincoln, North Hykeham and surrounding villages, but it will also help us meet growth targets for the area and improve A46 connectivity from the Midlands all the way through to the Humber port.
“In addition to pushing for the North Hykeham Relief Road to be built as dual carriageway, it also remains the council’s long-term aspiration to make the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, which is currently under construction, dualled.”