Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has announced a £5.2 million investment for the Ards area this year.
Speaking at a meeting between Roads Service and Ards Borough Council, the Minister said construction work on the A20 Southern Distributor was progressing well and would likely be open by mid-summer this year.
Mr Murphy also welcomed the road maintenance schemes’ progression in the Ards area over the last year.
He said this year's increased allocation for structural maintenance would allow a larger number of resurfacing schemes to proceed on local roads this financial year.
Road Service’s network development manager, Reynold Nicholson, welcomed the planned investment in local transport and safety measures in the Ards Borough Council area, which includes traffic calming, collision remedial, pedestrian measures, cycling measures and safer routes to schools.
Other schemes which will be taken forward in the Ards Borough Council area this year include improvements at the A20 Rowreagh/Gransha Road junction, Kircubbin and the Moss Road/Ballykeigle Road junction, Ballygowan.
Both these schemes will improve visibility and awareness for road users.