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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

A Message from OWASA

Sewer repair at Prestwick Road to start on June 26

Post Date:06/22/2017 9:21 AM

A contractor working for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) (Carolina Civil Works) plans to begin a sewer repair on Prestwick Road and in an OWASA easement on nearby property on Monday, June 26. The work will close Prestwick Road from its intersection with Hamilton Road to the parking garage entrance. 

We estimate the repair will be complete in September 2017, subject to weather and other conditions.

This project has no connection to the Town of Chapel Hill's fire station reconstruction at the corner of Hamilton and Prestwick roads. For more information about the Town's reconstruction of Fire Station 2, please visit

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How the work may affect you

  • Construction will impact drivers on Prestwick Road and pedestrians along NC 54 and Prestwick Road. Driving ramps will be available for access to the lower parking deck through the Aloft driveway and pedestrian ramps will be available along the south side of Prestwick. While the ramp is being built, only the parking garage entrance off Preswick will be open.
  • A large black plastic pipe on top of the pavement will carry wastewater around the repair area. This line will be protected throughout the project by concrete or plastic water filled barriers. If you have any questions, concerns or comments about the pipe, please contact Simon Lobdell, PE, Project Manager, immediately at 919-537-4247 or
  • If there are unplanned interruptions of utility services, we will work with the utilities involved to restore service as soon as possible.
  • There will be noise, odor and mud, but we will comply with the Town's noise ordinance. Work hours will typically be from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.
  • However, at least twice during the project, work will have to occur at night and this will involve noise and odor. We will send an update when the night work is scheduled.

Comments or questions?

For future updates please feel free to contact Simon Lobdell, PE, Project Manager, at 919-537-4247 or whenever you have any questions or comments.

If you have questions about the Town's construction, please contact Ran Northam, Town of Chapel Hill Community Safety Communications Specialist, at or (919) 969-4878.

We ask you to share your e-mail address with OWASA if you received this notice in paper form. We strongly prefer e-mail because it saves postage, paper and time and it enables us to reach you quickly if necessary.

If you have renters at your property/ies near our project, please ask them to contact OWASA if they have questions or comments or wish to be on our distribution list for future updates.


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