Scottish roads minister James Douglas-Hamilton made the announcement in response to a parliamentary question from Rachel Squire asking for a statement on the replacement of the Kincardine Bridge and bypass.
'We shall undertake public consultation in the early new year on the conclusions of the recently completed studies of the options at Kincardine.
'This will allow local interests to set out their views directly on the options and ensure we can make the fastest possible progress to implementing necessary improvements,' the minister said.
Scottish Office studies examine several possible sites for a new bridge,either as a replacement for the existing bridge or to complement a refurbished one. They also examine options for bypassing Kincardine village to the north and to the east. Through traffic crossing the existing bridge presently has to travel through the village.