The new road, a 5.5km stretch of dual carriageway, will bypass Kingskerswell and the existing A380 between Newton Abbot and Torbay.
The current route is one of the busiest stretches of road in the area, carrying over 35,000 vehicles a day. This has caused major problems with congestion for local residents and increased journey times. The new road is expected to remove 95% of the traffic away from Kingskerwell.
The project, to be completed by late 2015, is expected to deliver a major economic boost to the area. The project's promoters expect that as many as 8,000 jobs could be created in South Devon. Civil engineers will be absolutely vital in helping to deliver this expected boost to the local economy.
Clients: Devon County Council and Torbay Council
Principal contractor: Galliford Try
Cost: Approx. £110m
Completion: December 2015
You can find out lots more about the project and its intended benefits by visiting the project's dedicated website, which includes latest news and videos.