A major section of the Aberdeen bypass is due to open on Wednesday.
Motorists will be able to use the 19.5 mile-stretch, between Stonehaven and Craibstone, from Wednesday after months of delays.
The section includes the new bridge over the River Dee as well as connections with Milltimber, Kingswells & Westhill and continues up to the new junction near Dyce.
It’s hoped the full AWPR – including the new crossing over the River Don will be open before Christmas.
However, snagging work on the road is expected to continue until March.
The opening of the largest stretch of road to date came after an agreement was reached between the contractor, their lenders and Transport Scotland which allowed a variation to the contract.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, said: “This new section of road, which will make more than 85 per cent of the project open to traffic, will immediately make a tremendous difference to road users across the north east.
“It will provide thousands of drivers every day with a range of benefits, including improved journey time reliability, better local access and reduced congestion, while safety will also be enhanced.
“It will also improve air quality and reduce traffic volume in Aberdeen City, making pedestrian and cycle travel around Aberdeen easier, safer and a more enjoyable experience.
“We would like to thank local communities, road users and businesses from across the north east and beyond who have been extremely patient while these works were on-going and discussions were underway regarding the contract variation required for this new section to open.
“The full benefits of these works will be realised when the remaining section of the project between Craibstone and Parkhill also opens to traffic.
“This investment is expected to bring in an additional £6 billion to the north east economy and create around 14,000 jobs over the next 30 years.”