In February 2016 Devon County Council started work to widen Bridge Road to provide two lanes in each direction from Countess Wear to the Matford roundabout in order to tackle queuing and reduce journey times for all traffic, while at the same time improving pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
The road network on and connecting to Bridge Road currently suffers from a number of problems:
- severe traffic congestion
- poor air quality – Countess Wear has been designated as an Air Quality Management Area
- poor public transport journey times
- unreliable journey times for all traffic.