As Semester Begins, GPC Addresses Dunwoody Traffic08/12/2010
Contact: roger Barnes
Author: Roger Barnes
To help relieve traffic congestion when Georgia Perimeter College Dunwoody Campus students return for fall semester classes on Aug. 16, GPC’s Department of Public Safety has initiated a plan to keep traffic lanes moving, intersections clear and to provide quick responses to any incidents that may occur.
Public safety officers will be strategically placed at entrances and exits of the campus and at key intersections on street corners where problems have historically occurred.
“Public safety officers will be placed at the intersections of Womack/Tilly Mill roads at the traffic light, the main campus entrance at Womack Road, and the Lot 11 campus entrance at various times of the day during the first three weeks of classes (August 16 to September 3) to ease the traffic lines and to assist drivers,” said Lt. Jorge Portalatin, Dunwoody Campus Public Safety. “We anticipate that most of the traffic congestion will begin to decrease at the end of the month, and we ask that everyone will continue to exercise patience and enter and exit the campus in a safe and legal manner.”
Portalatin said officers will also be placed at the Tilly Mill entrance at various times of the day during the first three weeks of classes to ease the traffic lines and to assist drivers with making that left turn without causing an accident.
“When there are no officers present, it is illegal to make this turn and all drivers should proceed to the traffic light and enter the campus off Womack road,” Portalatin said. “The Tilly Mill entrance was originally an exit point only, but now it is an entry and exit point. Thus cars can legally enter the campus by making a right turn only from Tilly Mill near the MARTA bus stop and exit the campus by making a right turn only onto Tilly Mill, traveling south in the direction of North Peachtree Rd.”
During the first few weeks of classes students are adjusting their schedules and completing any administrative work they have not yet completed. This rush adds to the increased amount of traffic at the start of the school year, said Dr. Norvell Hamer-Jackson, Dean of Students Dunwoody Campus.
“Once students get settled into their schedules there’s less stress on traffic,” Hamer-Jackson said. “We work hard each year to make this transitional period as community friendly as possible. We want our community to know that GPC has been and will continue to be a good neighbor.”
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