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Post Date:04/20/2017 9:04 AM
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Up Front


Tar Heel 10 Miler Saturday


More than 6,000 runners will be running through Chapel Hill’s Downtown and many of its most beautiful neighborhoods on Saturday, April 22. Check for road closures and other traffic impacts. Read more.

From Town Hall

  1. Council Meeting Highlights
  2. Community Meeting: Sewer Construction for Historic Rogers Road Area
  3. Town Begins Eastwood Lake Subwatershed Study
  4. New Information Available on the Estes Project

Town-Sponsored Events





Up Front



TOWNweek has been posted!





Real Mayors Wear Carolina Blue!

The Mayors of Chapel Hill and Spokane made a friendly wager on Sunday, April 2: the losing city would have to don the winner’s colors. On Thursday, April 20, Mayor David Condon fulfilled that wager and wrote on the city’s Facebook page: “Clearly the wound is still fresh, but a bet is a bet Town of Chapel Hill. Time to pay up. Real Mayors Wear Carolina Blue. That was a tough one to write.” Read more.





Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange CountyVisitors Bureau

Thursday, April 27
Frank Gallery: Artist Talk
6 to 8 p.m.

FRANK Gallery, 109 E Franklin St Chapel Hill (919) 636-4135 

In April, the community gallery will once again feature the gallery’s primary outreach group - the Karen Youth Art Group. A small group of young Karen refugees have been working with FRANK member artists for several years now, and continue to work with artist mentors to sharpen their artmaking skills. Exhibiting artists include Ree Ree Wei, Lah Htoo Boh, Hla Win Tway, Hser Doh and Kwah Poe. Their work ranges from drawing, to digital art, to photography, touching on a wide range of subjects including personal interests and community and social issues. On this evening, Lah Htoo Boh and others will talk about their projects, and how the KYAG has inspired their career paths and future goals. Light refreshments will be served.   

For more things to do, visit





Town in News

Town in News – TIN Report – is a sampling of news media coverage about the Town of Chapel Hill compiled by the Communications and Public Affairs Department. This listing includes articles and columns that are available on the web, and may not necessarily contain all stories in the print edition of the papers or on televised broadcasts.

Links access online stories that are posted for a limited time. Some media organizations require registration or a subscription.

For information, contact us at



Residents argue pros and cons of Orange County Transit Plan at Commissioners meeting (The Daily Tar Heel)

Orange County Commissioners met Tuesday in Chapel Hill to hear public input on the draft of the Orange County Transit Plan. Commissioners will vote on the plan April 27. Read more:


Chapel Hill ushers in Autism Awareness Month with series of events (The Daily Tar Heel)

For Lindsay Graham, a board member of the Autism Society of North Carolina Orange-Chatham County and self-advocate, Autism Awareness Month means feeling cared for and remembered by the community. Read more:


Council gets first crack at reviewing Chapel Hill High renovation (The Chapel Hill News)

A planned renovation and expansion of Chapel Hill High School should be built to serve more students, Town Council members said during Monday’s review of a preliminary concept plan. Read more:


Public Opinion Remains Split on Durham-Orange Light Rail Project (

The Orange County Commissioners heard from a packed room on Tuesday night regarding the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail project. Read more:





From Town Hall




Council Meeting Highlights

The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda is available at or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or

Public attendance is welcome. Parking is available at Town Hall lots and the lot at Stephens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Additional parking is available in several public lots on Rosemary Street ( Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (

View the Council meetings live on the website at – and on Chapel Hill Gov-TV ( Other ways to follow Council meetings are via live tweets (tagged #CHTC) from individuals who tweet during the meetings. Council meeting summaries are issued from the Communications and Public Affairs Department following most business meetings. To sign up to receive these by email, please send a request to

Southern Village: Traffic Calming Report and Recommendations
The Council will consider approving a report and recommendations based on the results of neighborhood-wide traffic studies in Southern Village conducted by Town staff. Recommendations include the installation of traffic-calming measures, with types and locations determined in conjunction with the residents and homeowners associations.

Town-owned Lot Donation for Affordable Housing
The Council will consider donating a lot on Brooks Street in the Northside neighborhood to Self-Help Ventures Fund to assist in creating an affordable housing opportunity.

Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness Update
The Council will receive an update from the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness on its 2016 activities and key accomplishments.

Schools Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance 2017 Annual Technical Advisory Committee Report
The Council will receive the annual report from Orange County and provide any comments to be given to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. The School Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (SAPFO) is a regulatory tool, which sets a limit on the number of additional residential units within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools District.

Commission Applicant Interviews
The Council will interview applicants to the Community Design Commission and Planning Commission. Appointments to the commissions are scheduled for May 8, 2017.

Appointment to the Transportation and Connectivity Board
The Council will consider appointing applicants to fill three vacancies on the Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board.






Community Meeting: Sewer Construction for Historic Rogers Road Area

The public is invited to a community meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, to learn more about construction plans for new sewer lines to serve the Historic Rogers Road area and some additional properties.

A collaborative effort among Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro has worked to extend sewer service and establish a community center for the Historic Rogers Road–Eubanks Road Community, which is geographically split by the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Progress toward this goal was made in November 2014 when the new Rogers Road Community Center opened.

The Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association in collaboration with Orange County, the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and OWASA will host the meeting to provide information and answer questions.  

At the community meeting, information will be provided and comments received about the following topics:

  • Construction schedule and impacts
  • Connections to sewer service – details and potential costs
  • Information about other community services of interest

The meeting will take place at the RENA Community Center, 101 Edgar St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

More details are available online at and -- enter Rogers Road in the search box

For more information, please contact OWASA engineering manager Vishnu Gangadharan, at 919-537-4248 or send an e-mail to




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 or 919-969-7246.




New Information Available on Estes Project

At a public information session on March 6, 2017, Town of Chapel Hill and UNC-Chapel Hill staff shared information and received questions and feedback from a group of interested residents about a possible joint project between the Town and University.

Meeting notes from March 6 are posted on the website, containing a list of Frequently Asked Questions that required additional research.

The FAQs and responses, with links to additional information are available at

In this early stage of discussions, the project being considered is a new municipal services facility on University-owned property located on the south side of Estes Drive between Airport Drive and Seawell School Road.


What happens next?

The schedule below illustrates the general order and timing for the project. The milestones are subject to change, depending on how the first phases evolve. The first stage is to develop an agreement for how a mutual project could evolve (schedule and general terms of a lease) in order to determine if the legislative and governing bodies that have to authorize the project are supportive, in concept, of a joint project.

If that threshold is met, the second stage would be to initiate an engagement process and develop a design for the project. At that time, the Town staff will communicate with the neighborhood to jointly design an engagement process and move through design, entitlements, and construction.





Town-Sponsored Events




Kick Off Your Weekend with Live & Local on Friday

Live & Local, Chapel Hill’s free Music & Arts Series, has returned for its sixth season on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin St. The series features acts of all shapes and sizes from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Live & Local will deliver a wide array of performances throughout the season, ranging from American/folk harmonies to bluegrass.

Celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 21, with local music, crafts and games for the whole family. Christiane Smedley will blow you away with her songwriting and soothing Americana tunes. Kids will enjoy the Pinwheel Creation Station to celebrate Earth Day in a crafty fashion! 

Downtown starts here! Don’t miss your opportunity to discover your new favorite musician, poet, or performer! The series runs Friday evenings through May 19. Live & Local is sure to delight, whether you’re listening to the melodies from the Plaza or from the porch of a nearby restaurant. The Plaza at 140 West Franklin creates an inviting experience for all, highlighted by 30,000 square feet of outdoor space, and a unique art sculpture titled Exhale.

Kick start your weekend with some of the most talented artists in the Piedmont. This year’s lineup is especially diverse and interactive, featuring musical acts Christiane and Ellis Dyson & The Shambles and activities including an Earth Day celebration, aerialists, caricature artists, balloon twisters, face painters, arts and crafts, and games. Be sure to experience the Live & Local Music and Arts Series and enjoy the natural charm and blend of culture unique to downtown Chapel Hill.

For more information, visit




Recycling shredded paper 

The Shred-a-Thon Is Coming!

The Chapel Hill Police Department has partnered with Orange County Solid Waste Management and University Place to host a Shred-a-Thon from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27. The event will be held at University Place, 201 S. Estes Drive, in the parking lot adjoining Willow Drive.  This event is a walk-up event. It will not include a drive-through option.

Residents are invited to bring check stubs, pre-approved credit card offers, receipts, old tax documents, and other documents to be shredded.  There is a limit of five banker boxes or bags of paper per person.  Please remove all plastic binders, large metal clips, hanging file folders and other non-paper items from the material to be shredded.

The Shred-a-Thon is free to residents and small businesses of Orange County and that part of the Town of Chapel Hill in Durham County as well as employees of the Towns and Orange County.  For more information, contact the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2862.

An additional Shred Event will take place Saturday, April 29 in Hillsborough.  The April 29 event will be drive-through only and will be held at the County drop-off recycling site behind Home Depot in Hillsborough at the Hampton Pointe Shopping Center, with cooperation from the Hillsborough Police Department.

These Shred-A-Thons are organized by Orange County Solid Waste Management.





April is Autism Awareness Month

Three events to support families and individuals affected by autism in our community.

April is Autism Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Throughout the month, Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, The Chapel Hill Public Library, The Kidzu Children's Museum, and the Orange/Chatham Chapter of The Autism Society of North Carolina have several programs to support families and individuals affected by autism in our state.



Sensory Friendly Playtime at Kidzu Children’s Museum
5:30–7 p.m. Thursday, April 27
This activity is open to children with any disability age 0-8 and their siblings.

Kidzu Children’s Museum
201 Estes Drive
University Place

Register Here
Hurry and register as this activity will fill up. Siblings are welcome too, but must be registered.

Special Play time open to children with any kind of disability or special need.  Designed so families can enjoy the hands-on exhibit spaces without the extra stimulation found during the busy open hours.    

Cosponsored by the Adapted Recreation and Inclusion program of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, Autism Society of North Carolina: Orange/Chatham Chapter and Kidzu Children’s Museum.


Autism Spectrum Disorder is a growing concern in the United States, as evidenced by updated prevalence rates released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New data from 11 states showed that 1 in 68 children had ASD, a 30 percent increase since a 2012 report, when it was 1 in 88.

In North Carolina, which was one of the 11 states monitored through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, the prevalence rate is 1 in 58 children. This is an increase of 17 percent from the 2012 report.

Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation enjoys and encourages the participation of all people in its programs and events.

For more information on Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation programs specially designed for people with developmental disabilities, see Specialized Recreation .





The Science Festival Returns on April 22

Free for all ages.

The 2017 UNC Science Expo is a free, family-friendly event offering more than 100 fascinating exhibits with hands-on experiments, riveting demonstrations, laboratory tours, stage entertainment and much more! The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, on East Cameron Avenue on the UNC campus. This NC Science Festival signature event showcasing the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is a partnership between Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the University of North Carolina and the Town of Chapel Hill – a true “town-gown” experience.

The Expo provides an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research, real-world applications, career opportunities, sustainable living and emerging new products. Be sure to experience the wave pool, wind tunnel, cornstarch march, 3D printing, Google Glass, virtual reality, archeological artifacts and the chance to climb a rock wall and ride a Segway!

UNC Science Expo is part of the North Carolina Science Festival (NCSF)

There will be food trucks on site for lunch, snacks and drinks and don’t forget to bring your own water bottle to enjoy some fresh, clean water from the Blue Green Machine water purifying system. Stop by the Expo Information booth on Cameron Avenue for an event map and other pertinent information.





Northside Neighborhood to Host Annual Festival

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History is holding its annual spring festival in the Northside neighborhood of Chapel Hill on April 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Northside Festival, previously named May Day Festival, is moving into the streets this year and aims to connect the community through free music, food, activities for kids of all ages—including a traditional maypole dance—and dedication of the new neighborhood gateway in honor of Northside’s Freedom Fighters.

"The festival is rooted in making connections across generations," says George Barrett, associate director of the Jackson Center.  


Northside Festival

The Northside Festival will take place on the front lawn of the Jackson Center and St. Joseph Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church and expand into the street space of West Rosemary between Roberson and Graham Street.

The festival is dedicated to connection among residents, local businesses, and area churches.  All are invited to contribute to the chili and sides cook-off and the neighborhood dessert drive.  The festival will feature gospel performances by choirs from St. Joseph C.M.E. and St. Paul’s A.M.E. and local legend, Mr. Prince Taylor.  It will begin with a release of doves to pay tribute to Marian Cheek Jackson, followed by the Spring Graduation of the clients and advocates of the Community Empowerment Fund and dedication of the magnificent new neighborhood gateway at the corner of Rosemary and W. Roberson. The dedication will include an invocation by Rev. Kevin Brown, comments by Mayor Pam Hemminger and Senator Valerie Foushee, testimony and spoken word performance by local leaders, and collective songs of praise and freedom.


Freedom Fighters Gateway

A signature part of the Rosemary Street Improvement Project, the Freedom Fighters Gateway proudly marks the entry to Northside and to the historic Pottersfield and Sunset neighborhoods.  Composed of hand-hewn Chatham stone, the gateway is inlaid with eight granite slabs etched with images of the civil rights struggle in Chapel Hill and related excerpts from oral histories of local leaders, all selected in a community-based, public curation process.  The images are those taken by photo journalist Jim Wallace, some of which are now preserved in the National Archive. The gateway offers what one local, civil rights leader called “a beautiful glimpse” into the Freedom Movement. It is there to let people know--loud and clear--that they have entered a unique community of people who have struggled for freedom their whole lives and to inspire similar determination. As lifetime resident, Clementine Self, said: “The battle is not over. We have not yet overcome.” 

The gateway project was a collaboration among the Town of Chapel Hill, the Jackson Center for Making and Preserving History, and St. Joseph’s C.M.E. Church.  Funding for the project was derived primarily from the Town’s Streetscape Bond funds and the Chapel Hill Percent for Art Program.


Rosemary Street Improvement Project
During the dedication ceremony, Mayor Hemminger will acknowledge the completion of the $1.6 million street improvement project on Rosemary Street between Henderson Street and S. Merritt Mill Road. The Town of Chapel Hill bond-funded project includes widened sidewalks; improved sidewalk ramps to meet ADA standards; new pedestrian level light fixtures with LED lights; improved curb and gutter sections and driveway ramps; water and electrical hubs; and a repaved street. The Mayor will recognize and thank individuals who donated right-of-way easements that made the project possible, and will thank residents and businesses for their patience during construction.


Community Support for Northside Festival

The festival is made possible by the generous support of the Town of Chapel Hill, the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Empowerment Fund, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, the Institute for African American Research, the UNC Office of Student Life, the Campus Y, Nourish International, Herban Gardens, and all of the neighbors and friends who contributed their invaluable time, energy, vision, and expertise.


Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History is a nonprofit that aims to renew, honor, and build community in the historically black Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Jackson Center's programs emphasize organizing, education, and celebration. Founded in 2008, the center now holds over 200 interviews with community members in its oral history archives. All of the Jackson Center's work is driven by the motto of its namesake, Marian Cheek Jackson: “Without the past, you have no future.”





Books Sandwiched In Meets May 3

Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 3 at the Chapel Hill Public Library, to discuss "Some Luck" by Jane Smiley. Kathy Newell will lead the discussion.

Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 3 in Meeting Room C of the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, for a discussion of Some Luck by Jane Smiley. Kathy Newell will lead the discussion. 

This story chronicles the life and times of a remarkable family over three decades in America.  On their farm in Iowa, Rosanna and Walter abide by values they pass onto their five wildly different children.  Each chapter is a single year, beginning in 1920 as American soldiers like Walter return home from WWI. It goes through the 50’s at the start of enormous social and economic change.  As their children branch out, so does the story, eventually encompassing several generations, cities, and cultural movements.  Smiley has characters that take what life brings and puts them in what feels like simpler times.  This is a book said to be written with humor and affection.

Books Sandwiched In is free and open to the public.  You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book scheduled for discussion.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, this group provides copies of current titles, available at the circulation desk on a first come, first served basis.  Selections for the year are chosen by the members and can be found on the Friends' web site at  We hope you will join us. 

For additional information, please contact: Martha Brunstein at or 919-402-8964.


Details at-a-Glance

Who:        Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:      Books Sandwiched In Book Club - Free and Open to the Public

Where:    Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room C

When:     Wednesday, May 3 – 11:30a.m.

Book:      Some Luck by Jane Smiley





Masters’ Ceramics Workshop Collaboration between ArtsCenter and Town of Chapel Hill

For two weekends this April, The ArtsCenter and The Town of Chapel Hill’s Community Clay Studio will jointly offer a Ceramics Master Class led by local artist Ronan Peterson. This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the two organizations that aims to enhance the course offerings of the two ceramics studios, as well as foster future joint efforts between The ArtsCenter and the Cultural Arts Division of the Town of Chapel Hill’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Chapel Hill’s Cultural Arts Administrator Jeffrey York calls the collaboration, “just the beginning. Both the Town and The ArtsCenter have excellent ceramic programs. Projects like this can showcase what is possible when arts organizations work together.”

The master class “Peeling the Onion with Ronan Peterson” is the result of the goal of the two organizations to offer next level education opportunities to their advanced clay students. Peterson, who is known for his unique ceramic surfaces and glazes, maintains Nine Toes Pottery studio and has had his work featured in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, the books 500 Bowls and 500 Plates and Chargers, and in multiple galleries across the United States.

Ronan describes his aesthetic saying, “Essentially, I am dealing with effects of agents of growth and decay, and how these agents shape and embellish the surfaces of stones and the skins of trees. These agents also serve key roles in interacting with my ceramic vessels. Mushrooms, seed pods, grubs and other growths serve as knobs and handles, allowing one to remove lids and discover what might be inside or underneath a covered vessel, like lifting a rock to have insects scurry in many different directions when subjected to the light of day.”

The workshops are nearly filled to capacity, with Section A taking place at The ArtsCenter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and Saturday, April 29 and Section B taking place at the Community Clay Studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23 and Sunday, April 30. Register at

We are confident that the success of this workshop will lead to future collaborative Masters Classes, so stay tuned!  For press interest in covering the workshops, please contact Jeffrey York at 919-968-2750 or









Traffic and Transit Impacts: Tar Heel 10 Miler

The 10th running of Endurance Magazine’s Tar Heel 10 Miler featuring the Fleet Feet Sports Four Mile Run will cause some impacts to traffic and Chapel Hill Transit on Saturday, April 22.

Affected Roads
People who drive are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid delays between 6 and 10 a.m. The Chapel Hill Police Department will have officers stationed at various intersections to guide people who drive and ensure public safety. The following list highlights closures along the race course.

  • Raleigh Road: 5-10 a.m. | Country Club Road to U.S. Highway 15-501
  • Franklin Street: 7-9 a.m. | Estes Drive* to Graham Street
  • Hillsborough Street: 7:30-9 a.m. | Franklin Street to North Street
  • North Street: 7:30-9 a.m. | Hillsborough Street to Boundary Street
  • Boundary Street: 7:30-9 a.m. | North Street to Franklin Street
  • East Rosemary Street: 7:30-9 a.m. | Hillsborough Street to Boundary Street
  • Raleigh Street, Battle Lane & Boundary Street: 7:30-8:45 a.m.
  • Gimghoul Road: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Greenwood Road: 8:15-9:45 a.m.
  • Laurel Hill Road: 8:30-10 a.m.

The roadways will clear and normal traffic is expected to resume by 10 a.m. For more information, including a course map, visit

Chapel Hill Transit
The Chapel Hill Transit Saturday T and FG routes will be detoured on Saturday, April 22, due to the annual UNC Science Expo and the Tar Heel 10 Miler.

For detour information, visit

For more information, contact Endurance Magazine’s Amy Charney at or 877-293-6387.




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Chapel Hill Transit Saturday FG and T Routes Detoured April 22

The Chapel Hill Transit Saturday T and FG routes will be detoured on Saturday, April 22, 2017, due to the annual UNC Science Expo and the Tar Heel 10 Miler.

FG Route

The FG route will be detoured from 8:50 a.m. through 10 a.m. along Fordham Boulevard, right on Manning Drive, right on South Columbia Street, right on South Road and left on Raleigh Street to continue the normal route.

The westbound bus stops on Raleigh Road from Greenwood Road to Country Club Road and on South Road from Country Club Road to Raleigh Street will not be served during these times. Customers may board the detoured bus at the alternate bus stops at the Glen Lennox Shopping Center and on Raleigh Street.

Saturday T Route

The Saturday T route will not serve Franklin Street (Varsity) and Hillsborough Street from 8:15 a.m. through 9:13 a.m. and will be detoured along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to South Columbia Street. 

The Saturday T route will not serve Cameron Avenue from 8:15 a.m. through 5:51 p.m. and will be detoured along Pittsboro Street, McCauley Street, South Columbia to Franklin Street.

While every attempt will be made to maintain normal schedules, Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to allow extra travel time and expect minor delays. The detour and any delays will also impact Next­Bus predictions for the route.

For more information on the Expo, visit

For more information on the Tar Heel 10 Miler, visit

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest Chapel Hill Transit stop, visit us at, email or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




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Chapel Hill Transit Safe Rides End April 29

Chapel Hill Transit Safe Rides will end on Saturday, April 29, 2017, due to the University of North Carolina summer break schedule and will resume on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.

Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the safety of students.

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest stop, visit us at , email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.





Lane Closures: Franklin Street and Church Street

One westbound (toward downtown Chapel Hill) motor-vehicle lane and the sidewalk on East Franklin Street in front of the Sherwin Williams Paint Store (north of Estes Drive) will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Wednesday, May 3. A contractor will be working on the new Dunkin Donuts development project next to Sherwin Williams Paint.

One lane of Church Street between Caldwell and Brooks streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 21, for a sewer connection. A flagger will direct traffic, and two-way traffic will be maintained.

One westbound (toward Carrboro) lane of West Franklin Street will be closed in front of the Carolina Square development project (between Mallette and Columbia streets) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, through Thursday, April 27.

Delays to motor-vehicle traffic should be expected during these closures.

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Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience – including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways, traffic calming and more. For more information, visit And, for a weekly digest of all Town news, sign up for Chapel Hill eNews at or by sending a request to

Are you on Twitter? Follow @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillPD and #CHTraffic for the latest traffic news.





May Is Bike Month

The Town of Chapel Hill and Go Chapel Hill-UNC-Carrboro support special events during the month of May to celebrate Bike Month.

Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience – including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways, traffic calming and more.  The Town of Chapel Hill's focus on “complete streets” includes traffic slowing measures, public transit, and safe walkways and bike lanes.

Chapel Hill voters authorized $16.2 million in bonds funds in 2015 to repair, connect and construct sidewalks and bike lanes to improve connectivity and safety, and $5 million for construction of new trails and greenways. Learn more about projects underway and coming up at Town of Chapel Hill Getting Around.  

To access resources for people who bike and walk—including a wikimap—visit The wikimap offers residents an opportunity to provide comments to the Town of Chapel Hill about problem areas and routes they would like to ride and request additional bike parking.


April 22

Go Chapel Hill Booth at NC Science Expo
11 a.m.–4 p.m., UNC Campus, Cameron Avenue


May 3

Gearing Up for Bike Month
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Berryhill Hall, UNC Campus


May 5

Cycle de Mayo Bicycle Fiesta Night
6–9 p.m. The Plaza at 140 West Franklin St.
Fiesta with music by Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, giveaways, contests, dance and bike info


May 6

Go Chapel Hill Bike on Bus Workshop
9 a.m.–Noon, University Place


May 10

International Bike to School Day
Chapel Hill-Carrboro and St Thomas More Schools


May 13

Carrboro Bike on Bus Workshop
9 a.m.-Noon, Carrboro Town Commons

Bike Bonanza
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Back Alley Bikes


May 16

Carrboro Bike Breakfast
7-10 a.m., Libba Cotton Trail


May 19

National Bike to Work Day
Spring Roll Cruiser Community Ride
7 p.m.
For more information, contact


May 20

Bicycle Story Event
10:30–11 a.m., Chapel Hill Public Library


For more information or to become involved, contact Len Cone at or go to


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