A squabble over a 20-metre underground gas pipe was all that was standing in the way of Lincoln's £20 million queue-busting East West Link Road.
The issue about accessing and protecting the pipe is now resolved after four frustrating months of negotiation involving Lincolnshire County Council and National Grid.
But there was insufficient time to halt a public planning inquiry on March 11.
The hearing would have been unnecessary had there been no objections to the 630-metre route from St Marks to Canwick Road.
Before the inquiry there were a total of nine, eight of which had been resolved through design changes and compensation.
National Grid feared buildings could be built over its gas mains beneath Old Canwick Road, east of Pelham Bridge, which would cease to be a road once the project was complete. The council had guaranteed them access rights.
National Grid spokeswoman Sara Wilcox said: "As our pipe would be close to the proposed road development, we have agreed a new easement with Lincolnshire County Council that will guarantee our pipe is protected and guarantees our rights of access.
"We are expecting to receive the necessary, signed document from the county council's solicitors very shortly and as soon as we do we will lift our objection."