Transport Scotland has gone out to public consultation to help decide the preferred option for the section of the A96 to be dualled between East of Huntly and Aberdeen.
Based on the previous options appraisal, the preferred option consists of the Cyan route option between East of Huntly and Colpy, the Pink route option between Colpy and Pitcaple and the Orange route option between Pitcaple and Kintore.
The proposed dual carriageway is over 22 miles long and includes six grade-separated junctions, new crossings of the Rivers Urie and Don and a crossing of the Aberdeen to Inverness railway line.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “We are continuing to progress our ambitious plans to dual the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen, delivering around 88 miles of upgraded road.
“As part of that programme, we have been taking forward the route option assessment work for the section of the A96 to be dualled between East of Huntly and Aberdeen and we are now able to let the public see the preferred option for this scheme.
“Following detailed assessment work and consideration of feedback received throughout the design development process, we have identified a preferred option which will include improved journey time and reliability for all trunk road traffic, improve road safety and provide opportunities for active travel.
He went on to say: “It will also provide better transport connections to Aberdeen City and between communities in Aberdeenshire as well as the wider strategic transport network. We are keen to let locals and road users have their say on our proposals and I would encourage anyone interested in our plans to view the virtual exhibition and give us their views.
“As we develop the preferred option in greater detail, individuals, communities and businesses affected by the work will be kept fully informed and their vital feedback taken into account.”
Local communities and road users are encouraged to take time to view the preferred route option said Transport Scotland.