Sitting in traffic can be frustrating, but drivers jumping out of line on College Drive are creating a dangerous traffic situation and the Dalton Police Department is working to educate drivers about the situation through increased patrols in the area.
With classes back in session at Dalton State College, traffic near the intersection of College Drive and Walnut Avenue has gotten heavier. As drivers traveling southbound on College Drive reach the intersection, most drivers attempt to turn left onto Walnut to access the shopping area of the I-75 on ramps. Because there is only a stop sign at the intersection, this causes traffic to back up on the road way. Some drivers instead get out of line to turn right and head eastbound up Dug Gap Battle Road and then attempt a U-Turn to travel back towards the interstate ramps and Walnut Avenue. Doing so requires improper lane usage and an improper turn, however, and is against the law.
Since January, there have been 12 crashes in this area including one that caused injuries. The DPD Traffic Unit has placed an electronic sign near the intersection to warn drivers not to attempt u-turns on Dug Gap Battle Road and officers are patrolling the area. Drivers who do not want to wait in traffic at the College/Walnut intersection can instead travel north on College Drive to Tibbs Road and access I-75 through the Rocky Face on ramps on Highway 41.
Below: A line of traffic waits to turn left onto Walnut Avenue from College Drive; the DPD Traffic Unit's electronic message board warns drivers turning westbound onto Dug Gap Mountain Road to stay right and not attempt a u-turn