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Summer Road Projects & Construction Info

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, .

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.

Traffic News! Signing up to receive updates is easy and free. Contact us at or visit  Twitter users can follow the traffic advisories @chapelhillgovand look for #CHtraffic 

Rosemary Street Public Improvement Project
Start Date: Mid May 2016
End Date: December 2016

Led by the Town of Chapel Hill, Rosemary Street between Henderson Street and Merritt Mill Road, will get wider sidewalks; improved sidewalk ramps so they meet ADA standards; new pedestrian level light fixtures with LED lights; replaced curb and gutter sections and driveway ramps; and a repaved 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.
For complete information and updates on the project CLICK HERE.


Water Pipe Replacement on East Rosemary, Henderson, and Hillsborough Streets
Start Date: Mid May 2016
End Date: Spring 2017

OWASA will be digging trenches in the pavement, installing new pipes, refilling the trench and restoring the pavement, etc. in the work area. Meters serving residents and businesses along the new lines will be connected to the new pipes after they are tested and approved for use. 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. For complete information and updates CLICK HERE.      



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
Start Date: Summer 2016
End Date: Fall 2017

OTO Development, LLC will construct a 4-story AC Marriott hotel with 123 guest rooms and 2 levels of below grade parking (112 spaces). The development will comply with the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District regulations, including reduced heights and increased setbacks adjacent to residential properties. The 0.75-acre site is an assemblage of three parcels and located on the north side of W. Rosemary Street between Church Street and Pritchard Avenue, adjacent to La Residence restaurant.The project has a construction budget of $17 million with a duration of 14 months. 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 2 way traffic and minimize impacts from construction activities. For development updates CLICK HERE.  

Carolina Square Development
Start Date: October 2015
End Date:  Fall 2017

Carolina Square, formerly known as University Square, will include one 11-story and two five-story buildings with about 246 apartment units, 159,000 square feet of office space, and 42,000 square feet of retail space. The project will have landscaped green space within an urban park including public art and structured parking decks with 880 total spaces. Granville Towers remain as housing for UNC students. For more information and updates on construction CLICK HERE.

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