PLANS for a Bontnewydd-Caernarfon bypass must move forward to attract economic and investment opportunities to Gwynedd.
That was the view of Gwynedd Council leader councillor Dyfed Edwards, who urged Welsh Government Transport Minister Carl Sargeant to move ahead with the £85 million scheme.
Campaigners against the preferred “purple” route, which would pass through Bethel and Y Felinheli, will gather outside Gwynedd Council chambers in Caernarfon when the scrutiny committee discusses the plans on Tuesday.
Cllr Edwards said: “Building a new by-pass is essential for ensuring opportunities for the economy and residents in north and south Gwynedd.
“It will also relieve congestion in some areas and make the areas in the south of the county within easy reach of the A55.”
However, cllr Edwards said: “It is natural that some people have concerns regarding the route, chosen by Carl Sargeant, for the road.
“However, we must remember that everyone will have an opportunity to state their views as the minister announces his final plan and any public inquiry that may be held as a result of the announcement."
A Welsh Government spokesman said the process to appoint technical advisors and a by a design and build contractor would start in early 2013.
The spokesman added: "Once the preliminary design development of the preferred purple route has been completed, following a extensive engagement process with key stakeholders including the local community, the Welsh Government will publish draft Orders to seek the powers to build the road.
“When these statutory orders are published it will give members of the public, in particular affected landowners, the opportunity to make formal objections and representations to what is presented."