Eight councils – including Argyll and Bute – are working on a new agreement which could see them sharing staff and equipment to maintain roads.
The Northern Roads Collaboration Forum will also include Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Comharlie nan Eilean Siar, Moray, Orkney and Highland councils.
They say the aim is to use shared resources to cut costs and enhance the council’s repair and maintenance service.
Argyll and Bute’s policy lead for roads and amenity services Roddy McCuish, said: “We’ve had an informal arrangement for some time with other councils.
“This has worked well, helping us increase our capacity to carry out design and to do repairs and maintenance, and also helping us to reduce our costs, which is good news for local people as well as the council.
“By making it a more formal arrangement, we can take this a step further. It will give us new opportunities to pool resources, upskill staff, encourage new people to work in this area and increase local employment opportunities.
“Roads are a key front-line service for all councils, even more so for those like “It’s essential for us to work together with other local authorities to keep these services at the level people expect, and to keep them resilient now and into the future.”
The council says that talks will now to take place to enter into a formal collaboration.