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.
New information Available on the 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 www.townofchapelhill.org/EstesProject
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.