Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Town Begins Eastwood Lake Subwatershed Study
Beginning the week of April 17, a team of field crews will be dispersed throughout the Eastwood Lake Subwatershed’s creeks and streams to begin an assessment of water quality, flooding and erosion control issues. Residents may notice field crews in their neighborhoods and adjacent areas conducting stream walks. Crews will be assessing stream conditions and existing stormwater facilities in the watersheds. The field activity is expected to continue through June of this year.
The Town of Chapel Hill’s Stormwater Management Program is continuing the development of subwatershed planning as a part of a strategic initiative identified in the Stormwater Management Master Plan. The goals of the program are to recommend and prioritize projects that will control existing flooding, stabilize streams and improve overall water quality in the Town’s watersheds.
The study process will include many opportunities to educate, inform and involve the public. Information, updates, maps and public involvement opportunities will be continually posted to the Town’s website. A questionnaire is currently being prepared to obtain input from Eastwood Lake area residents about specific challenges on their properties such as flooding and erosion.
For more information, contact Wendy Smith, stormwater management/environmental education coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-969-7246.