The first turf has been cut in the start of a major road re-widening scheme between the M1 and Nottingham.
Campaigners have been trying to get the A453 between Junction 24 and the city's ring road, a notorious congestion trouble-spot, turned into a dual carriageway since the 1980s.
Today it finally begins, the widening of the A453, a seven mile stretch from Clifton down to the M1 expected to cost £150 million and take around 30 months.
Graham Dalton the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency commented on possible disruptions while work takes place:
Although today officially marks the beginning of work beginning on the road, the Highways Agency have been busy planning for months.