TWO flyovers are to be built on the Wirral-North Wales road in a £46.5m scheme to cut congestion.
It will provide the first ever junction-free route between the North West and the Welsh border.
The new free-flow link road between the end of the M56 and North Wales will make the busy A5117 Queensferry road safer and aid regeneration in the area.
The scheme has come a step closer with the publication by the government of Statutory Orders.
The improvements will replace two existing roundabouts, and a signal controlled junction, making the road safer, less congested and improve access to the Deeside Park industrial area.
Transport Minister David Jamieson last night told the Daily Post: "This busy route will be significantly improved by removing the roundabouts at the A5117 / M56 and A5117 / A540 junctions, and the traffic lights at the A5117 / A550 junction, providing a continuous route from the end of the M56 motorway to North Wales.
"This will make the road safer, improve journey reliability times and enhance the economic regeneration of the area.
"This is a much-needed improvement to our network which this government is committed to providing. I look forward to the project completing all its statutory processes with a view to work starting in 2006/7."
A consultation period now takes place. Interested parties can comment on proposals.
A public exhibition is to be held at the Stoak and Little Stanney Village Hall, Stanney Lane, Little Stanney today between 1pm and 8pm and tomorrow between 10am and 6pm at the same venue.
The publication of the orders is the first stage of the legal framework and, if there are objections which cannot be overcome, a public inquiry will subsequently be held.
Wirral-based Mowlem has been awarded a contract for the design and construction of the A5117 Deeside Park Junctions Improvement scheme.
The contract has been awarded under the Highways Agency's early contractor involvement scheme to speed up delivery of major projects.
Construction work could start 2006/7 with the improvements being completed by 2007/8, subject to funding and completion of the statutory procedures.
The route is part of the Trans-European Road Network and is seen as a vital link between the North West and North Wales, which will aid the economic growth of the area.
The road improvements were included in the Government Targeted Programme of Improvements in 2002 after receiving the backing of the North West Regional Assembly and the National Assembly for Wales.