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Summer Road Project & Construction Information


Summer is coming...and Chapel Hill, including downtown,  will see major construction and road work projects begin. At times these projects may feel disruptive, but they are infrastructure improvements that will have long-lasting benefits for our community.

Better traffic flow, safer and accessible sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, and more lighting; are all priorities for our downtown.  The road construction projects across Chapel Hill this summer will bring infrastructure benefits valued at more than $6 million, after the dust clears.

Construction in Chapel Hill typically is planned during summer when UNC-Chapel Hill and the public schools are not in session. Projects are coordinated with other agencies to minimize inconveniences to all.

Questions or concerns?
The Town of Chapel Hill has assembled a team  to manage the projects and share information helpful to people who walk, bike and drive. Downtown Partnership staff are working closely with the  team to keep the downtown community informed.

Town of Chapel Hill Emergency Management Coordinator Barry McLamb at 919-968-2705 or
Downtown Partnership at 919-967-9440, Meg McGurk, or
Bobby Funk, .


Join us at a public information meeting for an overview of these projects at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The meeting will be availablevia live streaming on the Town website  and onChapel Hill Gov-TV.

Downtown projects to know about:

Rosemary Street Improvement Project: 
The $1.8 million project funded by Town of Chapel Hill bond funds 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. MID-MAY to LATE 2016. No significant traffic impacts. More:

Water Pipe Replacement on East Rosemary, Henderson, and Hillsborough Streets: Contractors for OWASA will install new pipes and change meters that serve both residents and businesses. The contractor will work initially on Hillsborough Street, then on Henderson Street and then East Rosemary Street.  There will be significant impacts on residents and vehicular traffic. Mid-MAY to SPRING 2017. More:

Fiber Installation: Chapel Hill has been selected as one of the destinations for both AT&T gigabit Internet and Google Fiber. AT&T installation has been occurring since late 2014. Google’s network design is underway. THROUGHOUT 2016  More:

AC Marriott Hotel on Rosemary Street: A new AC Hotel will be located on Rosemary Street between Church Street and La Residence. The general contractor for the project will be Lend Lease (US) Construction. During construction pedestrian traffic will be re-routed to the south side of Rosemary Street to maintain pedestrian safety. Traffic markings on Rosemary Street will be modified during the project to maintain two-way traffic and minimize impacts from construction activities. MAY 2016 to JUNE 2017.

Road Construction info for all of Chapel Hill is posted at

General construction info for all of Chapel Hill is available at 

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC- Chapel Hill. For more about road construction impacts to bus routes, visit, email or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.

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