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.
Tree Replacements: East Rosemary Street
Two large trees on East Rosemary Street between Henderson and Hillsborough streets are in poor health and scheduled to be replaced.
The Town’s arborist and Duke Energy, due to the proximity to power utilities, have been monitoring the trees and recommend the replacement. The trees are in poor health due to age and storm damage, posing a potential hazard to people in the area if they are not removed.
Town crews are scheduled to remove the trees the week of July 5. During the removal of the tree, one lane of East Rosemary Street will be closed; flaggers will assist traffic.
The replacement trees will be of a species native to North Carolina. They will be planted in the fall, giving them the greatest chance to thrive.
The Town of Chapel Hill, which has a strong commitment to sustainability and interest in decreasing the urban “heat-island” effect, regrets when trees must be replaced. Our Tree Protection Ordinance identifies tree canopy as an important community value. We are proud that this year marks our 18th year as a Tree City, a designation from the national Arbor Day Foundation. Visit our Trees webpage at townofchapelhill.org/trees.
For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or email@example.com.