A route for the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness dualling project which would avoid an Aberdeenshire landmark is now being considered.
Transport Scotland is working to upgrade the road between the Granite City and Huntly so more of the route is turned from single to dual carriageway.
Two of the options which are being considered would result in the busy road passing close to Bennachie Forest, prompting a backlash from the local community, with the Save Bennachie group established last year by concerned residents in response to the proposals.
Now, a week after the Save Bennachie campaigners were invited to Holyrood to discuss their concerns, Transport Scotland and contractors Amey Arup have confirmed another possible route.
It would take the Aberdeen to Huntly section of the A96 along the path of the A947 Dyce to Oldmeldrum road, and then to Glens of Foudland, will be looked at.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said route options assessment work was now under way, and they hope to identify a preferred option for the route next year.