Contractors are hoping for a easier construction phase after been locked in a battle with local anti-road campaigners, who have dogged their progress by occupying trees and tunnels since enabling work started in December.
Now they can get cracking on construction of the 3.5-mile single carriageway road between the A259 in Bexhill and the B2092 Queensway in Hastings.
As well as improving accessibility between the two towns, the road will allow the development of North East Bexhill – the largest single development site in the area.
Patrick McLoughlin said: “This scheme will kick start economic regeneration in a deprived area of the south east and tackle problems of accessibility between the towns of Bexhill and Hastings.
“It will open up 52,000 sqm of land in north east Bexhill for business development and housing and creating new jobs.
The Government is putting in £56.85m of the total £92m cost with East Sussex County Council finding the rest.