Winter Storm Inga Update
Chapel Hill is cleaning up after Winter Storm Inga dumped more than 6 inches of snow on the town. Public Works crews are focusing on clearing Town-maintained streets, bridges, overpasses and trouble spots. The NC Department of Transportation is focusing on the five major roads through Chapel Hill (Franklin Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Columbia Street, Fordham Boulevard, Manning Drive, and South Road/NC Highway 54).
Meeting cancelations: Wednesday's Chapel Hill Town Council regular business meeting is canceled. Wednesday's Chapel Hill Cultural Arts Commission meeting is canceled. The Meet the Author Tea scheduled for Thursday has been canceled and may be rescheduled for a later date.
Town facilities will be closed on Thursday. This includes Parks and Recreation facilities (including the Aquatics Center on Homestead Road), the Chapel Hill Public Library and other public-facing facilities.
Tree Removals: Cameron Avenue and Franklin Street
A tree at the southwest corner of Cameron Avenue and Cameron Glen Drive and a tree at the southeast corner of Franklin Street and Battle Lane have died posing potential risk to people in the area if the trees were to fall. The trees are scheduled to be removed on Wednesday, August 16, and replaced this fall.
The Town’s arborist has been monitoring the trees. They did not produce foliage this season. The safest course of action is removal.
The removal near Cameron Avenue will require the bike lane to be closed; the Franklin Street removal will require a brief lane closure.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.