Open to the traveling public for just a few days, the New Brockton Highway 84 Bypass has paved a thorough-fare of controversy.
The New Brockton Bypass, the four-lane highway is the relocation of U.S. 84 from County Road 507 to west of Double Bridge Creek.
The State Department of Transportation has set a 65 mile per hour speed zone. Officials say vehicles are being clocked at 80 and above.
New Brockton Mayor Charles Cole said, "I spent Friday afternoon at the junction by the high school with a police officer. Not to write tickets, but to gauge the speed these vehicles were going through there. We clocked them between 60 and 88 miles per hour."
A few of the New Brockton Elementary bus routes involve the bypass.
Principal Dale Kelley says student safety is his top priority. He's urging motorists to pay attention and use extreme caution.
Central Coffee County has been the scene of several tragic vehicle wrecks in the last year.
"We're going to encourage our bus drivers to be cautious. They’ve been going across the four-lanes with no traffic. It’s now a different story,” Kelley said. “Everyone needs to slow down, and let us get used to this."
New Brockton Police say it's going to be a zero tolerance in regard to bypass speeding, hoping to keep the speed down
New Brockton Police Department Chief Dale Grimes said, "Even if you are going 66 in a 65 mile per hour speed zone, you will be stopped, and there's a good chance you will be ticketed/"
Officials say they will concentrate speed enforcement along the new bypass over coming weeks
Mayor Cole says he is continuing to lobby state DOT officials to lower the 65 mile per hour speed zone on the bypass.