Tree Replacement: Downtown Chapel Hill
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)
- Feb. 27-29, March 1 – 303 E. Franklin St. near Pickard Lane (traffic will be reduced with cones to one lane in either direction)
- 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)
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.
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 townofchapelhill.org/trees.
For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.