The town is in the process of installing nine signs located downtown on both Franklin and Columbia streets to help visitors get around and to encourage walkability.
“The project has been in the works for the past several months, in coordination with the Town of Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Visitors Bureau, UNC and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership,” said Bobby Funk, assistant director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
Funk said the idea came from a desire to encourage walkability in the downtown area.
The signs will point visitors to notable cultural and historical destinations in downtown Chapel Hill, downtown Carrboro and on the UNC campus, said Patty Griffin, spokeswoman for the Chapel Hill and Orange County Visitors Bureau.
“There’s so much to do downtown, and ... we share a border with the University, and many of the signs do highlight things on UNC’s campus — the landmarks like Morehead Plantetarium, or Memorial Hall, or the Old Well, or McCorkle Place,” she said.
Each sign will cost less than $100 to produce, Funk said.
Griffin said the walkability signs will improve the visitor experience in Chapel Hill, especially for tourists who are visiting the area for the first time.
“It would make it easier for people to navigate downtown as they’re walking,” she said.