Downtown construction can be noisy, messy and disruptive. We are working to minimize inconvenience to those affected. Meetings with neighborhood residents and downtown businesses are being planned to provide information and respond to concerns.
The Town of Chapel Hill is planning public improvements this summer that will make Rosemary Street safer and more pleasant for pedestrians.
On Rosemary Street between Henderson Street and Merritt Mill Road, the project will widen sidewalks; improve sidewalk ramps so they meet ADA standards; install new pedestrian level light fixtures with LED lights; replace curb and gutter sections and driveway ramps; and repave the street. Improvements include a brick amenity strip with street trees, bike racks, and trash and recycling containers.
Funded with $1.6 million in street and sidewalk voter-approved bonds, the improvements are outlined in the Downtown Streetscape Master Plan. The Town has been working to acquire right-of-way or public use easements to connect sidewalks on Rosemary Street.
Construction is expected to begin in mid-May and continue through the end of 2016.
The latest news and updates on this project will be provided in this space.
About Streetscape Projects
Streetscape is designed to enhance the pedestrian experience with sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, benches, public art and plantings, along with other improvements in the public rights-of-way along Franklin and Rosemary Streets, including cross streets from Merritt Mill Road to Henderson Street. Almost all Streetscape improvements have been funded with bonds approved in 1996 and 2003.
Voter-approved Bond Funds at Work
In November 2015, Chapel Hill voters approved $16.2 million in bond funds for street and sidewalk improvements. These funds will be used to construct bike lanes, off-road paths and bicycle tracks consistent with the top priorities of the Chapel Hill Bike Plan – and to repair, connect and construct new sidewalks to improve pedestrian connectivity and safety.The Town of Chapel Hill will report on its progress toward these goals in its online Capital Program Report at http://bit.ly/1MbxVAX .
Improvements Respond to Community Concerns
The Rosemary Street Public Improvement Project responds to concerns identified in the Community Survey. In 2015, respondents ranked capital improvements that should receive the most emphasis from the Town over the next two years. The top three choices were maintenance of the stormwater drainage system, adequacy of street lighting, and condition of sidewalks. Ranking fourth was the maintenance and preservation of downtown Chapel Hill. townofchapelhill.org/survey