Highways England has confirmed the six-week statutory consultation period for the Trans-Pennine Upgrade programme.
The £242 million scheme will result in the improvement of the A57 on the Greater Manchester side of the road.
This will result in new dual and single carriageways between the M67 and Woolley Bridge, which will form the centrepiece of the upgrade and requires special planning permission.
Elsewhere, the Trans-Pennine Upgrade programme will provide an overhaul of Westwood roundabout where the A616 meets the A61, while the Woodhead Pass will benefit from safety and technology improvements.
In an important step forward, Highways England has confirmed the statutory consultation will run from Monday 12 February to Sunday 25 March, with public consultation events set to run, giving people a number of ways to air their views.
The public will be able to see the proposals for the Trans-Pennine Upgrade programme – from the Woodhead Pass safety measures that will address accident hotspots and install electronic message signs, to the new dual carriageway from the M67 junction 4 roundabout to a new junction at the A57 at Mottram Moor.
Monica Corso Griffiths, Highways England’s Trans-Pennine Upgrade project manager, described this scheme as “vital” in the support for a Northern Powerhouse.
“Having announced our preferred options for this important investment last November, this is now the opportunity for everyone concerned to help us shape the detail of the individual schemes before we submit firm and final proposals to the planning authorities.
“We’d urge anyone with an interest in the improvements to let us kn ow their views. This is an important investment in one of the most important east to west routes in the country.
“The improvements form part of the current £15 billion government investment in motorways and major A roads and are a vital element of Highways England’s support for the Northern Powerhouse – unlocking the potential for new homes and jobs by tackling congestion.”