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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.

Chapel Hill Police Travel-Safety Initiatives

Enhanced Efforts to Improve Safety on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Improving Pedestrian Safety on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Post Date:05/05/2017 3:27 PM
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View from Airport Gardens Apartments on the southbound
side of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
View from the northbound side of Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard looking south toward Airport Drive.

New crosswalks with refuge islands are coming to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to improve pedestrian safety at key locations along this busy thoroughfare.

The Town of Chapel Hill improvement project is funded with 2015 voter-approved bond funds totaling $170,000. These projects respond to requests from residents, Chapel Hill Transit, YMCA staff, and UNC Employees. They are consistent with the Town's interest of providing safe access for residents/visitors, especially in areas where we have high pedestrian and transit demand

The northern-most refuge island is located between Airport Drive and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA (south of Estes Drive). In addition to the crosswalk and refuge island, sidewalk improvements will be made along the north side of Airport Drive to complete the sidewalk out to the Chapel Hill Transit bus stop at the corner of Airport Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The southern-most refuge island is located north of Bolinwood Drive in front of the Airport Gardens Apartments (north of the Chapel Hill Police Department).

People who drive are reminded to observe the speed limit of 35 miles per hour and to watch for people crossing this busy corridor.

The two new crosswalks connect with existing bus stops along the major north-south corridor for the Town’s fare-free transit system Chapel Hill Transit.

Construction will take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lane closures will be in place; two-way traffic will be maintained. Work is scheduled to be completed by June 30, weather permitting.

Getting Around Chapel Hill
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’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 the construction of new trails and greenways.

Learn more about efforts to make our community safer for all travelers

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