Congestion at a junction in Little Eaton which is regularly snarled-up during rush hour traffic is to be eased as part of a £4m project.
The A38 turn off will be redesigned with full time traffic lights and new lanes by the Highways Agency.
Bosses said it would start detailed planning and design this financial year, with work completed by 2015.
Decisions on more major changes, possibly including a flyover, have been deferred until 2014.
Mark Powell, from the Highways Agency, said: “We are doing this now because the Government wants to invest in these pinch points to relieve congestion and boost the economy.”