Barhale Construction will start later this month on a 16-week project to create a pedestrian and cycle way between the outlying Chester villages of Guilden Sutton and Mickle Trafford.
The project is funded by the North West Development Agency as part of its Revive programme aimed at reclaiming 420 acres of brownfield land in Cheshire and Warrington.
The new route will link into the Sustrans network of 79 cycle ways funded by the Big Lottery Fund across the UK. The Chester scheme will provide just under two miles of new traffic-free greenway including a new pedestrian bridge over the Chester to Manchester railway line as well as a series of links and access points.
"This long-awaited scheme joining Guilden Sutton and Mickle Trafford is excellent news for local people who I am sure will make good use of these new link – ups" said Cheshire West and Chester Environment executive member Neil Ritchie.
"People will soon be able to reach the centre of Chester from these two villages by an entirely car-free route."
The first phase of the existing Millennium Greenway was completed in 1999 and runs between Deeside, North Wales and Chester.
Aftercare maintenance for the Guilden Sutton to Mickle Trafford project will be provided for 15 years through the environmental charity Sustrans which will also manage the route.