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15 November 2018, 18:59 | Updated: 15 November 2018, 19:05
Formally known as the A45 Daventry Development Link, the first drivers have been able to use the new Northants bypass.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony at lunchtime, signalled the completion of the 3.5 mile route ahead of traffic being allowed on from 3pm.
The Northamptonshire County Council scheme is designed to improve transport links between Northampton and Daventry and improve access between Daventry and the M1 even though it's only a single carriageway road.
The authority says it will also relieve communities in Flore, Weedon and Upper Heyford of through traffic as well as supporting future growth in the Daventry district.
Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said:
"I'm absolutely delighted that this road is opening as it has wide ranging benefits for people in the local area.
Not only does it improve transport links but it also helps unlock housing growth in the Daventry area.
But perhaps most importantly it is the people in the nearby villages who will be thrilled to have this road which will make their communities safer.
Partnership working has made this project possible, particularly the collaboration with Daventry District Council, without which the project wouldn't have got off the ground."
Judith Barker, Director of Programmes and Governance at SEMLEP, added:
"This link has speeded up the time it takes to get into Daventry, improving the predictability of journey times for local businesses. This opens new development and business opportunities for the area."
The budget for the A45 Daventry Development Link is £40.9million, funded by the SEMLEP Local Growth Deal, the Highways England Growth and Housing Fund, Northamptonshire County Council, Daventry District Council and developer funding.
Designed and constructed by KierWSP and Balfour Beatty, the link road starts at a new roundabout on the existing A45 between the settlements of Dodford and Weedon, to the east of Globe Farm.
It then passes to the north of the villages of Weedon, Flore and Upper Heyford before rejoining the A45 at a new roundabout between Upper Heyford and the M1 motorway at junction 16.