GPC Awarded $500,000 Transportation Grant

09/16/2011
Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
Fax: 678-891-2966   
Author: Rebecca Rakoczy   

For Immediate Release

Pedestrians will have a safer way to navigate the busy roads of Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston Campus. The college recently received a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement Award from the Georgia Department of Transportation to improve crosswalks and sidewalks around the campus.

Among the proposed enhancements are new crosswalks on North Indian Creek Drive to provide safe crossings for both Georgia Perimeter College students and Clarkston High School students, and improvements on the existing signals at the crosswalk at the intersection of North Indian Creek and Memorial College Avenue for pedestrian safety.

“We will be working with DeKalb DOT and MARTA to dovetail the details of our project with other improvements they have planned on North Indian Creek, Memorial College Avenue, and Memorial Drive,” said Lewis Godwin, GPC campus planning and projects facilities director, and the project’s facilitator.

Possible other improvements to be included in the project include the completion of sidewalks along Memorial College Drive that will link an existing sidewalk on the north with a meandering pathway on the south side of Memorial College. This new sidewalk will complete a network along Memorial College Drive connecting the campus and the county facilities, including the DeKalb County sports complex with the campus commuter parking lots and academic buildings.

The traffic improvements come at a critical time. Pedestrian and traffic safety continues to be an issue for North Indian Creek Drive. According to GPC Public Safety, there were 255 traffic accidents from North Decatur Road to East Ponce de Leon Avenue from 2010 to 2011. So far in 2011, one pedestrian was killed and 16 accidents involved injuries on this corridor.

According to the Georgia DOT, the purpose of the transportation enhancement grant is to “expand the scope of transportation beyond just building roads and highways by focusing on the cultural, natural, and scenic elements of the transportation network.”

Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 26,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.