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.