Work begins on £26.8m Camborne Pool Redruth link road
Work has begun on a new £26.8m road linking Camborne, Pool and Redruth in west Cornwall.
Cornwall Council hopes the road will relieve traffic from the built-up area and cut down noise and air pollution.
The Department for Transport has funded £16.1m of the £26.8m scheme, expected to be finished by the end of 2014.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the road would "improve connectivity" and "unlock new employment opportunities".
Mr McLoughlin said: "Good transport links are crucial for getting to work, transporting goods and visiting friends and family. That is why we have given over £16m to this important scheme which will relieve congestion, improve connectivity across the region and unlock new opportunities for employment."
Independent councillor Bert Biscoe, the council's portfolio holder for Transportation and Highways, said he hoped the road would bring the people of the three towns "closer together to achieve a common purpose of general sustainable economic prosperity".
George Eustice, Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth, said it was a "great project" which would "unlock the potential of derelict mining land in the area and "attract new industries" to the area.
Cornwall Council and the the European Regional Development Fund have also contributed towards the cost of the road.