A key milestone in designing a new grade-separated junction at Laurencekirk on the A90 was reached this week.
Transport Scotland has announced the intention to award the contract for the next phases of design for the junction upgrade to Amey.
The award will see Amey undertake route option assessment work and develop a preferred junction option, leading to the preparation of draft road orders.
Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf said: “Earlier this year we announced £24 million for the design and construction of a new grade-separated junction at Laurencekirk as part of as part of a package of additional investment alongside the Aberdeen City Region Deal.
“We are committed to completing this important upgrade as soon as possible and the appointment of design consultants means we are now stepping up the work to deliver this much-needed scheme for the people of the North-east.
“We have been working hard with the two local authorities and Nestrans and we will continue that partnership approach so we can bring improved road safety and economic benefits to road users.”