New £35m Bedale bypass opens two months ahead of schedule
A £35m bypass which aims to cut congestion in North Yorkshire has opened two months ahead of schedule.
The three-mile (5k) road is designed to reduce traffic flow through Bedale, Leeming Bar and Aiskew.
The road is a single carriageway between the A684 north of Bedale and east of Leeming Bar, crossing the A1(M) where there is a new junction.
Work had been due to be completed in the autumn.
About 14,000 vehicles a day use the existing road causing considerable congestion, said North Yorkshire County Council.
A Roman villa uncovered during the scheme has been designated as an ancient monument.