Highway 84 Bypass Project Near Completion

By: Mike Gurspan
By: Mike Gurspan

Construction crews are working feverishly to finish the Highway 84 Bypass around New Brockton.

City officials say they've been informed by the Alabama Department of Transportation that it should be completed in January.

Bobby Roberts has operated his New Brockton service station for 30-years. He says, "I don't think it'll hurt or anything like that. Most of my business is from here. I don't see any bad things by having the traffic go out there."

One longtime child daycare operator is looking forward to the bypass. It should alleviate traffic downtown, making it safer for school buses.

Laymon Tindol said, "School buses load and unload on this busy road in the mornings especially. By having the bypass, it'll alleviate much of that and make it easier for parents to pick-up and drop-off their children here."

Longtime New Brockton Mayor Charles Cole says there are positives and negatives about the bypass. But, he believes it'll generally benefit his hometown. "Take in the growth, to stay ahead of it,” he said. “I think it'll be a great thing for the town's future."

City officials believe that the bypass will eventually attract eateries and other businesses.

Once the New Brockton Bypass is open to the traveling public, Mayor Charles Cole says the speed limit will change to 65-mile-per hour.

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  • by Becky Location: New Brockton on Dec 11, 2007 at 06:20 PM
    I understand that progress is a way of life and that industry profits a community in several ways. What worries me is a 65MPH speed limit that does not have a stop light when it intersects with a dirt road whose visiblity is poor when leaving the dirt road...that school buses travel twice a day...65 miles per hour,( which in real life translates to 75-85 miles per hour.) I love my dirt road and am saddened by the highway which crosses it now...However, since this is a moot point, perhaps we can enforce a safety measure to insure that 65 mph does not come that close to school bus traveled areas that close to the existing throughfare. Just a thought from some one who truly loves the country I live in. New Brockton Alabama USA!!!
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