The easiest route is not always the best. After Monday’s announcement that the main exit of East Georgia State College’s Statesboro campus would now be right turn only, concerns were raised about alternate ways of exiting campus to go North on Highway 301.
The left turn lane out of campus onto Highway 301 was closed on January 11, 2016 after the Georgia State Patrol and EGSC raised concerns for potentially fatal traffic accidents for those making left turns onto Highway 301. The GSP had made multiple requests for the exit onto Highway 301 to be closed or converted into right turn only.
Students exiting campus were directed to use the rear campus exit to A.J. Riggs Road, but concerns were raised about the safety of exiting northbound at that intersection as well, as there is currently no traffic light in place.
Alternative routes to exit campus include turning right onto A.J. Riggs Road and then left onto Jimps Road, which ends at a traffic light on Highway 301. Another option is to turn right onto A.J. Riggs Road and then right onto Cypress Lake Road, which will take commuters to the Statesboro Bypass.
Whichever route commuters choose, please remember to drive cautiously and be aware of oncoming traffic at all times. EGSC Police and the GSP also remind students, faculty and staff that attempting a left turn out of the main exit of the Statesboro campus onto 301 will result in a traffic citation.
As of January 11, 2016, the EGSC-Statesboro exit is right turn only.