The public consultation on the £242 million Trans-Pennine route between Manchester and Sheffield has commenced.
Highways England had previously confirmed the six-week consultation so the public can have their say on the detailed plans to upgrade this vital route.
The consultation – in a series of events – will run from now until 25 March, and the general public can also send their views via email, post or online.
The £242 million investment will improve the A57 on the Greater Manchester side and will feature new dual and single carriageways between the M67 and Woolley Bridge.
Also part of the project is improvements along the route that will upgrade safety and technology on either side of the Woodhead Pass; while a major overhaul of Westwood roundabout is planned in South Yorkshire, where the A616 and A61 meet.
It is part of record investment in the north west region, which has already seen the phased opening of its smart motorways, and continues Highways England’s commitment across the country to invest record amounts on the roads in a variety of regions.
Chief Executive for Highways England, Jim O’Sullivan, wants the public to voice their opinions on the Trans-Pennine project.
He said: “This upgrade is further evidence of Highways England continuing to deliver the major infrastructure which benefits the north west.
“It’s important that we take all opinions into account so I urge anyone with an interest to make their views known.”
In echoes of the investment on the roads of the south east, the north west will also see the start of other major projects in the first half of 2018.
In addition, two other schemes will reach key milestones: preliminary work on the M62 junction 10 to 12 of the smart motorway project will start in March, adding 10 additional lane miles to the network, which will reduce congestion by increasing capacity, and new technology will keep drivers informed.
Elsewhere, consultation will take place in March on the A585 Windy Harbour development in Lancashire – another element of the government’s Road Investment Strategy.