Cross-party MSPs have welcomed a report that stated that building a flyover at a north-east road junction was the preferred option in terms of making safety improvements.
The issue has been debated at Holyrood for six years with every twist and turn reported by the P&J.
It was first championed by former Liberal Democrat MSP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Mike Rumbles who hopes to return to parliament next year.
Nigel Don, who won the Angus North and Mearns seat for the SNP in 2011, has also been a strong advocate for road improvements.
He said: “I am pleased that the consultants’ study has finally been reported though the conclusions will surprise none of us.
“What my constituents now want to see is a detailed design worked up as fast as possible so that we get the grade-separated junction built and working just as soon as possible.
“I am already in discussion with the Scottish Government and Aberdeenshire Council as to how that can be progressed and funded.”
North-east Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes welcomed the announcement.
“It has been patently obvious for years that a grade separated junction is needed,” she said.
“However convincing the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland has proven to be challenging.
“This appraisal gives substantial weight to the case and shows the way forward.
“The pressure is now on the government to step up to the mark, earmark funding for this project, and help save lives.”
North-east Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone said: “I welcome this report which comes to the same conclusion that local campaigners arrived at years ago.
“The tinkering at the edges of this problem have gone on for too long now, and it is vital, for the safety of road users and the local economy that this new junction is delivered as soon as possible.”