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A453 road widening project boosts East Midlands economy

16 January 2014 Last updated at 20:38 GMT

A £150m project to widen the congested A453 in the East Midlands has boosted the region's economy, officials say.

Work to widen the seven-mile section of the A453 between the M1 junction 24 in Leicestershire and the A52 in Nottinghamshire has been going on for a year.

So far a total of 409 people have worked on the project and 60% of those have come from the region.

In addition, £21.5m worth of orders for material and services have been placed with sub-contractors based within 50 miles of the A453.

BBC East Midlands Today's Sarah Teale reports.