A road connected to the Aberdeen bypass scheme will be temporarily closed from today.
The AWPR link road at Milltimber will be shut until a new junction in the area opens upon the completion of the £745million improvement project.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “This temporary closure will reduce the number of available manoeuvres at the junction, improve signal phasing timings, and therefore ease congestion.
“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these critical works in Milltimber.
“The contractor will endeavour to complete the works being undertaken at the earliest opportunity, and in the meantime we ask that road users continue to allow additional time for their journeys.
“The road will re-open when the AWPR opens to traffic in the coming months.”
Officials say that work on the 36-mile scheme will finish this winter, but council planning bosses have raised fears the road may not open until next April “at the earliest”.