Work has started on the final phase of a new road system in the centre of Nottingham.
The new route forms part of the Connecting Eastside scheme and will provide improved access for traffic travelling northbound.
It will give motorists a continuous route along Huntingdon Street compared to the existing layout which takes traffic around Victoria Centre.
Improvements for pedestrians will also be carried out, the city council said.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for Transport and Area Working, said: "The Connecting Eastside scheme is all about providing better links for pedestrians and cyclists, and easier routes for motorists,
"By creating this new route for northbound traffic along Huntingdon Street, motorists will no longer have to travel into the city centre and get caught up with other traffic which wants to go into the city and the Victoria Centre car park.
"We are carrying out these works ahead of the busy Christmas and New Year period, when the city council requires that all roadworks are removed from the major routes in and out of the city centre to help businesses and shoppers over the festive season."