A public inquiry starts today to decide the fate of a subject that has been under discussion for about 50 years - that's before man walked on the moon!
Supporters of the multi-million pound Kingskerswell scheme say it will ease congestion and boost Torbay's economy, but opponents claim a bypass could destroy the village and millions of pounds would be wasted.
If approved, 90% of the £123m cost will be met by central government, with the rest of the money coming from Devon County Council and Torbay Council.
Improvements on the A380 between Penn Inn and Kerswell Gardens are aimed at reducing congestion, improving air quality and road safety, with the new road bypassing Kingskerswell to link Newton Abbot to Torquay and Paignton.
Compulsory purchase orders were published in September 2008 for 11 properties which might have to be demolished to build the road.
The public inquiry, which is being held at the Passage House Hotel in Kingsteignton, is expected to last for 12 days. If you want to make your thoughts known - and it's unlikely you will sit on the fence on this one - you might want to get down there to register them.
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