Tree Replacement: Downtown Chapel Hill

Post Date:02/08/2019 2:03 PM

UPDATE: Pickard Lane will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 27, through Friday, March 1, for the work at 303 E. Franklin Street.

Previously released: A number of trees in downtown Chapel Hill need to be replaced due to safety concerns. Town crews have scheduled the following removals, which will involve impacts to motor-vehicle and pedestrian traffic:

  • Feb. 13 – 218 E. Franklin St. in front of Graham Memorial Hall (one eastbound lane of Franklin Street, six parking spaces, and the sidewalk will be closed)
  • Feb. 18, 19, 21 – 304 E. Franklin St. in front of Chapel at the Cross Church (traffic will be reduced with cones to one lane in either direction, and the sidewalk will be closed)
  • March 6, 7 – 207 E. Rosemary St. between Henderson Street and Spring Lane (Rosemary Street will be closed; traffic should use Henderson Street, Franklin Street, and Pickard Lane to detour the closure)
  • March 13 – 2-7 W. Cameron Ave. near Pittsboro Street (traffic will be diverted with cones to maintain flow in both directions; parking spaces along the westbound lane will be closed; the sidewalk along the eastbound lane will be closed)
  • March 20 – 303 N. Boundary St. near North Street (the southbound lane at the divided median will be closed; flaggers will assist traffic through the closure)
  • April 2-4 – 303 E. Franklin St. near Pickard Lane (traffic will be reduced with cones to one lane in either direction)

The Town’s arborist has been closely monitoring these trees and has found that their health will not improve, posing a potential hazard to people in the area if they aren’t removed.

The replacement trees will be a species native to North Carolina. They will be planted in the fall, giving 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 19th 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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