Traffic Advisory for Saturday, April 21

Post Date:04/16/2018 3:06 PM

In close partnership with the Town of Chapel Hill and The University of North Carolina, Motiv Sports is proud to produce the 11th Annual Tar Heel 10 Miler featuring the Fleet Feet Sports 4 Mile Run and the UnitedHealthcare Corporate Challenge. With 6,000 runners participating in “North Carolina’s Best 10 Mile Run” there will be many road closures and traffic diversions and detours along the course.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid delays between 6:00 a.m and 10:00 a.m. The Chapel Hill Police Department will have officers stationed at various intersections to guide motorists and ensure public safety. The following information highlights plans along the race course.


Raleigh Road / 5:00 AM -10:00 AM

With the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s approval and support, Raleigh Road will be completely closed to traffic between Country Club Road and the intersection of 15/501 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m..

Downtown (Estes Drive to Merritt Mill Rd) / 7:00-9:00 AM

All lanes of Franklin St will be closed from 7:00-9:00 AM from Park Place to Graham St. All eastbound traffic coming from Carrboro is advised to use Rosemary St eastbound or Merritt Mill Rd southbound. All westbound traffic coming from East Franklin St is advised to use Estes Dr to MLK or Estes Dr to 15-501. Franklin St will be closed at Estes Dr. and

Merritt Mill Rd from 7:00-9:00 AM. Only local through traffic will be allowed for residents living between Estes Dr. and Park Place.


Historic Rosemary / 7:30 AM-9:00 AM

The following roads will be closed within the Historic Rosemary neighborhood. Should you wish to exit, please do so by 7:30 am.

  • Hillsborough St from Franklin to North
  • North from Hillsborough to Boundary
  • Boundary from North to Franklin
  • E. Rosemary from Hillsborough to Boundary

Battle Park / 7:30 AM-8:45 AM

Raleigh St, Battle Ln, & Boundary St will be closed to thru traffic.

Gimghoul / 7:30 AM-9:30 AM

Runners will be using the entire width of the roads. Exiting the neighborhood during the above time frame will be very difficult and likely dangerous to the runners. Please plan to exit the neighborhood prior to 7:15 AM if you need to go somewhere on race morning.


Greenwood Rd / 8:15 AM-9:45 AM

The intersection of Raleigh Rd & Greenwood Rd will be closed. Runners will be using the right lane of the roads inside the Greenwood neighborhood. Should you absolutely need to exit the neighborhood, please use extreme caution and navigate to the northernmost Old Mill Rd exit to Fordham Blvd.


Laurel Hill / 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Runners will be using both lanes as they run uphill. Police will be securing the top and bottom of the hill, blocking all thru traffic. Should you absolutely need to exit the neighborhood, please use the downhill (southbound) lane only towards Fordham Blvd.

All other roads along the course will be closed and then reopened on a rolling basis as the runners pass by the various areas on the course. Police and course monitors will be positioned at each intersection on the course. Vehicles will not be allowed on the course once that section of roadway has been closed. Detours and alternate routes will be enabled by police, public works and course marshals. At certain intersections, cars may be “pulsed” across the course when deemed safe by the officer controlling that intersection. We recommend residents and businesses along the course review the road closures chart and detour map at and plan to take alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.

Chapel Hill Transit Detoured Routes

The Chapel Hill Transit Saturday FG, T and V routes will be detoured on April 21, 2018, due to the annual Tar Heel 10 Miler.


FG Route

The FG route will be detoured from 8:50 a.m. through 10 a.m. along Fordham Boulevard, right on Manning Drive, right on South Columbia Street, right on South Road and left on Raleigh Street to continue the normal route.

The westbound bus stops on Raleigh Road from Greenwood Road to Country Club Road and on South Road from Country Club Road to Raleigh Street will not be served during these times. Customers may board the detoured bus at the alternate bus stops at the Glen Lennox Shopping Center and on Raleigh Street.


Saturday T Route

The Saturday T route will not serve Franklin Street (Varsity) and Hillsborough Street from 8:15 a.m. through 9:13 a.m. and will be detoured along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to South Columbia Street.

Saturday V Route

The Saturday V route will be detoured along Fordham Boulevard and will not serve South Road, South Columbia Street and Franklin Street from 8:45 a.m. through 10:14 a.m.

While every attempt will be made to maintain normal schedules, Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to allow extra travel time and expect minor delays. The detour and any delays will also impact NextBus predictions for the route.

The roadways will clear and normal traffic is expected to resume by 10:00 a.m. For more information, including a course map, please visit

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