A major road regeneration scheme designed to ease congestion in the West Bromwich area is under way.
Councillor Derek Rowley, from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, cut the first sod in the £25 million programme.
Construction firm Balfour Beatty will carry out the work on the A41, which runs alongside the town centre to junction one of the M5 motorway.
It will divert traffic away from the A41 Expressway at the junction with the A4301 All Saints' Way, easing traffic from the motorway heading to the town centre.
The existing roundabout at the junction will be re-shaped, and new pedestrian and cycle paths will be introduced to replace the existing subways.
A new footbridge crossing the underpass to link West Bromwich town centre with All Saints' Way will also be built.
The Department of Transport is contributing £22.2 million toward the cost of the project, with a further £2.2 million being provided by Tesco, which will build a new store in the town centre.
It is estimated the work will be completed by the end of next year.
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