RED tape means a new North-east road, which was finished months ago, now won’t open until next year.
The route, which links the B9170 Inverurie to Oldmeldrum road with the B9001 Inverurie to Rothienorman route, was completed earlier this year.
However, it has not opened because the layout of the roundabouts at either end has been deemed unsafe for lorries.
A design study found high-sided vehicles would be at risk of toppling over on the roundabouts.
Now Aberdeenshire Council officers have agreed changes in principle with route developers Malcolm Allan Housebuilders.
But the process can’t start until next year, as Scottish law enforces a three-month advanced notice period for major road works.
Technical manager for Malcolm Allan Housebuilders, Colin Wood, said: “The work involves raising a level of part of the roundabouts and lowering the opposite side to flatten it and reduce the level difference.
“The planned work is out to tender and will be returned shortly.
“There’s a statutory waiting period of three months, because of the size of the job, so we won’t be able to get under way until next year.
“We would have been ready to begin in October.”
A council spokesman said: “Officers have agreed the principle of revised design drawings for the link road and are awaiting information from the developer on a proposed start date for the works.”