Town Update: Bike and Ped Projects

Post Date:10/18/2019 8:44 AM
Estes Drive Bike Ped Project

Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience – including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways, traffic calming and more.

Here’s an October 2019 update on some of the projects happening around town. See the projects map at

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  1. Estes Drive Bike-Ped Project: Project is in final design and should be ready to bid this fall/winter with construction starting in earnest in spring 2020. Constructing bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Estes Drive from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Caswell Road. Includes a bike lane and a multi-use path on the north side and bike lane and a sidewalk on the south side of Estes Drive. The project also includes improvements to the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Estes Drive intersection.. Learn more at

  2. Old Durham-Chapel Hill Road Bike-Ped Project: Installing five-foot sidewalks and five-foot bike lanes from 15-501 to Pope Road. The Durham portion of the project, Pope Road to Garrett Road, is complete. NCDOT is managing the project and construction is scheduled to begin December 2019.

  3. Fordham Boulevard Sidepath: Project is in early design and staff is reviewing public feedback on design options. Learn more:

  4. Homestead Road Bike-Ped Improvements: Project is ready to bid upon receipt of NCDOT construction authorization. Filling in missing sidewalk segments, helping to get people safely up to the railroad tracks. It will connect an existing sidewalk west of Seymour Center past Weaver Dairy to the railroad tracks.  The second part of the project will build new sidewalks from Seawell School to Seymour Center. (Project is a partnership with Orange County, UNC, and NCDOT).

  5. Seawell School Road Sidewalk: Constructing sidewalk on Seawell School Road to connect to existing sidewalk on Homestead Road. Construction should begin early 2020. Project is ready to bid (will be packaged with Homestead Road).

  6. Bolin Creek Greenway Tunnel: Construction of a section of the Bolin Creek Trail resumed this October. This work will complete a 550-foot gap in the trail east of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. More

  7. Morgan Creek Greenway:

7a. Eastern extension to Fordham Boulevard is in mid-design.
7b. Western extension to Carrboro is near final design and partially funded.
7c. Morgan Creek Bridge is in mid-design.



While funding sources vary for these projects, a substantial number are supported in part by bond funds. In 2015, Chapel Hill voters authorized $16.2 million in bonds funds to repair, connect and construct sidewalks and bike lanes to improve connectivity and safety, and $5 million for construction of new trails and greenways.


More Info

Project statuses are regularly updated at

For more about Chapel Hill Transportation Planning, visit

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Questions? Contact Transportation Planning Manager Bergen Watterson at 919-969-5064 or

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