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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

News Release from OWASA

Post Date:06/19/2017 4:31 PM
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Update: Due to weather, this project has been delayed and will begin on Thursday. At this time, it is still projected to be completed by Friday, June 23. 

On Wednesday, June 21, an Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) contractor will start work to restore pavement on part of Hillsborough Street, north of East Rosemary Street, where a water pipe was replaced in 2016.

The work will likely be complete by Friday, June 23, but weather and other conditions may affect the start and end of work. The contractor's work hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The pavement work will involve closing the northbound lane of Hillsborough Street in the work area. Flaggers along Hillsborough Street will direct traffic during the work, and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained. The map shows the location of the pavement work.

The pavement work will involve an area on Hillsborough Street, about 10 feet wide and 800 feet long, from the East Rosemary Street intersection to the north as shown on the map.

Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes. Bus routes will not be affected.

Future work in Hillsborough Street
In July, OWASA will begin to replace water lines in Hillsborough Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the point near North Street where water piping was replaced last year.

In the summer of 2018, the Town of Chapel Hill will resurface the full width of Hillsborough Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Rosemary Street.

For more information
Vishnu Gangadharan, Manager-Capital Improvements Program, 919-537-4248 or


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