A route for a controversial northern bypass for Norwich has been recommended to councillors.
The city's inner ring road is often clogged with traffic
The favoured route has a variation on previous west options to minimise intrusion on the environmentally sensitive Wensum Valley.
The decision over a preferred route for the Northern Distributor Route (NDR) was put back in February.
Norfolk County Council cabinet members felt the impact on the environment and traffic needed further research.
The recommended route will be put before the full council for final approval on 26 September.
Many people oppose some or all of the possible ring road routes
The need for an NDR road has been included as a regional priority in the draft East of England Plan.
There was widespread opposition to several of the proposed routes and most leading environmental organisations have condemned all suggested routes.
Norwich already has a southern bypass and one aim of completing a ring road with one to the north is to relieve the city's congested inner ring road.
The recommended route would start at the A47 at Postwick in the east and run north towards New Rackheath where it would follow the follow the Eastern Blue route option through to the A140 Cromer road.
From there it would run on the Red route to the north of Thorpe Marriot and join the A1067 between Taverham and Attlebridge.
The bypass would follow the route of the A1067 north west towards Morton then drop south east of Weston Longville and link up with the existing southern bypass at Easton on a variation of the Brown route.
If the Brown route option is not approved by councillors, officers say a second option would be to improve the existing roads between the A1067 and the A47.
About 78% of local residents have supported the relief road in principle, according to findings by Norfolk County Council.