A busy Aberdeen commuter route could be closed for a week to allow for bypass construction to be carried out.
Plans are being made to shut the A93 North Deeside Road at Milltimber in April for round-the-clock Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) work.
During the week-long 24-hours-a-day works there will be a complete closure of the road between its junctions with Milltimber Brae and Contlaw Road.
Milltimber Brae will also be closed.
The work will involve removing a temporary road and reconnecting the original North Deeside Road.
Since June 2015 vehicles have been diverted along the temporary road so work could be carried out to build a new bridge over the AWPR.
The work is being planned for some time during the Easter school holidays which run from April 3 to 17 to avoid as much disruption as possible.
However, motorists and bus passengers are being warned to expect lengthy delays and diversions.
Colin Pike, AWPR spokesman for North Kincardine Rural Community Council, said: “The road closure is going to have a major impact on the roads and bridges around the North Deeside Road.
“The project has got to be done but with regard to people’s welfare who live in the area.”
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The programme for this essential work on Milltimber Brae is currently being finalised.
“Aberdeen Roads Limited, the contractor for the work, is giving consideration to undertaking this work during the school holidays when the road tends to be quieter.
“Once the detail of the work and the timing has been agreed, full details will be communicated to local residents and to roadusers.”
The spokesman said all traffic management is planned through a panel which is attended by a number of bodies, including both local councils.