A major road junction improvement scheme in the Black Country will get under way next month.
Central government funding of £1.5 million will enable works to begin on August 1 at the A4123 Birmingham New Road/Shaw Road junction on the boundary of Dudley and Wolverhampton.
The scheme, which is scheduled to last until spring 2017, is aiming to reduce traffic congestion, improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians, and address road safety concerns following several accidents at this location.
The project, which will involve lane restrictions during off-peak hours, is also hoping to improve access to urban centres and new development sites by providing additional traffic capacity at what has become a bottleneck.
City of Wolverhampton Council will be working in partnership with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver the project which will also help unlock the development of housing on six sites.
Coun Steve Evans, Wolverhampton's cabinet member for city environment, said: "This is a key pinch point on the A4123 corridor that restricts access to a number of local development sites and strategic through routes, impacting on potential jobs and growth in the local area.
"We apologise in advance for any inconvenience the works cause and would urge road users to remain patient.
"When completed, the new road layout will make life easier for residents, commuters and businesses in Wolverhampton and Dudley."
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has also been approached by South Staffs Water to replace 370 metres of pipe work in Coseley this summer, which will also impact on the Birmingham New Road/Shaw Road junction.
Coun Hilary Bills, Dudley's cabinet member for environmental services, said: "This is essential work being carried out by South Staffs Water which will ultimately affect people driving around that area. But we are working with them to make sure we try and ease traffic flow wherever possible."