Plans for a new bypass to ease traffic woe on the A585 are set to go before the Planning Inspectorate for approval.
It was revealed in December the agency had agreed to examine the proposals ahead of a decision by the Secretary of State.
If approved, work on the £100m route could begin by March 2020.
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It would see a new duel carriageway built to bypass Mains Lane, easing congestion on Lancashire’s most frustrating section of road for commuters.