Traffic Control and Parking Operations
The Town Council adopts ordinances setting speed limits, stop regulations, and other traffic control policies for Town-maintained streets. Residents may petition the Council at any business meeting for a new or change in an existing traffic or parking ordinance.
For State maintained streets, which include most of the major traffic routes, the State Board of Transportation adopts traffic regulations other than for parking. Parking is regulated by the Town except for streets in the UNC campus area, which the University regulates.
The Town installs and maintains traffic control signs and pavement markings on Town-maintained streets. Signs and markings on State roads are installed and maintained by the State. However, all street name signs on both Town and State roads are installed and maintained by the Town. To learn more, click here.
The Town ensures new development compliance with established street lighting standards, responds to improvement requests, and routinely inspects major roadways and the central business district for malfunctions. Duke Energy installs and maintains the Town’s street lights. View the Town's Lighting Specifications. To report a streetlight outage, call Duke Power at 800-POWERON (800-769-3766) or submit a request online.
Traffic Signals and Signal System
The Town operates and maintains the traffic signal system on both State and Town-maintained roads throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The majority of the 130 traffic signals are owned by the State but maintained by the Town through a municipal agreement.
The Traffic Management Center (TMC)
The Traffic Management Center, located in the Public Works Department, is a smart system that collects data and makes real-time adjustments to the traffic signal system. The system is capable of many other smart functions including identifying and reporting failures and allowing remote adjustments by certified traffic signal technicians and Town engineering staff members.
The TMC is equipped with computers, software and eleven video display units that allow traffic engineering staff members to monitor traffic flow, adjust timings, take interim corrective action in response to traffic signal malfunctions, dispatch technicians, and perform other key functions in managing traffic flow in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and a few intersections in Durham. The center will typically be staffed Monday through Friday during peak traffic hours. Traffic Impact Analysis Procedures
Traffic Engineering Manager
6850 Millhouse Road Chapel Hill, NC 27516