NOTASULGA, AL (WSFA) - Baxter Garner's not used to seeing a bridge in Notasulga.
"I would catch myself still [taking] the detour," says Baxter.
He lives just a mile from his hardware store. But without a bridge, it was still tough to get to work.
"You'd have to go around another detour which would be probably two miles out of the way," says Baxter.
The old bridge, which had been around 100 years, was closed 5 years ago for safety reasons. Now, thanks to state and federal funding, the new $1.4 million dollar Cunningham-Rogers Bridge, named after Macon County Commissioner Jimmy Cunningham and Congressman Mike Rogers, is finally complete.
And it couldn't have come soon enough.
"Just a lot of relief off the whole town," says Willie Cobb.
"It helps to bring people to town because it's not as inconvenient to get to town," adds Baxter.
"The number one question for the whole time I've been mayor is when is the bridge going to get started and when is the bridge going to get finished?" says Notasulga Mayor, Frank Tew.
Not only does the bridge connect both sides of Notasulga making it easier to get around town, it makes things safer by decreasing the amount of time it takes emergency vehicles to get to residents.
"Now all we've got to do is come right out and go over the bridge and we're there," says Volunteer Firefighter, Chris Johnson.
Call it a win-win for this little city.
"Little towns have a hard time making it, and we don't need anything to set us back, we need to go forward," says Baxter.
It's a bridge boosting safety, business, and morale in Notasulga.