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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

Tree Replacement: 313 E. Franklin St.

Post Date:09/26/2017 3:45 PM
 Trees in Chapel Hill

A large tree in front of the Chi Omega sorority house at 313 E. Franklin St. between Pickard Lane and Hillsborough Street is in poor health and is scheduled to be replaced.

The Town’s arborist has been closely monitoring the tree over the past year and has found that the tree’s health will not improve, posing a potential hazard to people in the area if it is not removed.

Town crews are scheduled to remove the tree the week of Oct. 23. During the removal of the tree, the right lane of westbound East Franklin Street (traveling toward downtown Chapel Hill) will be closed. The sidewalk along the north side of East Franklin Street will also be impacted. Crosswalks at Pickard Lane and Hillsborough Street will be available to detour around the work.

The replacement tree will be a species native to North Carolina. It will be planted in the fall, giving it the greatest chance to thrive. 

Tree City
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

More Information
For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or



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