City, college officials welcome new fence going up on I-75 near Dalton State

Matt Hamilton/Daily Citizen-News

The Georgia Department of Transportation is replacing the fence between I-75 and College Drive in front of Dalton State College. Officials say the work should be completed by the end of August.

Drivers and pedestrians may have noticed that the fence between I-75 and College Drive in front of Dalton State College is being replaced.

Mohamed Arafa, district communications officer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said the old fence had gotten into poor shape.

"This project at this limited access location is intended to enhance pedestrian safety and provide greater protection from right-of-way encroachments," he said.

Arafa said both college and city of Dalton officials had requested the fence be replaced.

Mayor Dennis Mock said he has been pushing for the fence to be replaced for several years.

"The old fence had become an eyesore, and I was concerned that it is one of the first things people coming into Dalton and to Dalton State see," he said.

Dalton State College President Margaret Venable said she is also glad to see the fence being replaced.

"We are very pleased to see this work of clearing out some of the underbrush and replacing old fencing along College Drive," she said. "I am hopeful it will help showcase the college’s new buildings and other campus improvements. As people drive past the college on I-75, we would love for them to see a vibrant community with Dalton State among the highlights."

Arafa said the work should be completed by the end of August.

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