Fresh asphalt and hot, sunny days don’t normally mix — but for road construction projects around Chapel Hill, they often become the best option.
The town of Chapel Hill, UNC and the N.C. Department of Transportation have worked on a number of improvements to roads around the town and University this summer.
Ernie Rogers, a traffic engineering technician for the town, said all three entities try to limit most road work to summer months because of safety concerns.
“There’s much reduced volume in regards to pedestrian traffic and motorists,” he said.
Rogers said they encouraged groups with high-impact construction to have it finished by Aug. 15.
Amanda Perry, a communications officer for NCDOT, said in an email that the department currently has resurfacing projects on Manning Drive and South Columbia Street.
“We have scheduled as much of the work as possible to occur in the summer months in an effort to minimize the impact to students at UNC,” Perry said in an email.
Perry said the state was also widening South Columbia Street to three lanes and adding sidewalks and bike lanes. The project should be completed next summer, she said, weather permitting.
Rogers said the other ongoing projects affecting traffic most right now are on Franklin Street and Mallette Street, the Franklin Street pedestrian crosswalk by McDonald’s and 140 West’s ongoing construction.