A scheme to use private money to pay for a £100m northern bypass for Norwich is to be looked at by councillors.
The new route is to relieve pressure in the north of the city
Norfolk County Council is considering whether a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme could fund the Northern Distributor Road (NDR).
Planners believe the road would help cut congestion in Norwich.
On Wednesday, the council agreed to set up a working group to consider asking firms to bid for a NDR PFI contract which could include road maintenance.
A report to the county's highways and transportation committee says the government has said £600m worth of PFI deals could be allowed to go ahead across the country.
The government says it is unlikely that a PFI contract just for the building of the NDR would be backed.
It would be more likely to succeed if the contract also included an element of on-going road maintenance in Norfolk.
The council working group will look at whether a PFI project is the best way to fund the NDR.