Residents going between Chapel Hill and Carrboro will notice major construction for several weeks on a main route linking the towns.
If you live in Carrboro but drive to your UNC classes, or you just want to grab something from Weaver Street, here's what you need to know.
What work is being done on the road?
Road work has officially begun on the corridor of Franklin Street that meets Carrboro’s Main Street, and will continue through the month of September. The work is primarily concerned with improving the pedestrian areas on this section of Franklin Street, according to Aaron Moody, an N.C. Department of Transportation public relations officer. Moody said these improvements will include new sidewalks, crosswalks and ADA-compliant curb ramps on this section of the road, as well as improved pedestrian signals.
Kumar Neppalli, a traffic engineering manager for the Town of Chapel Hill, said other improvements include reducing the width of the intersection and reducing some lanes between Merritt Mill Road and Graham Street, as well as adding a high-visibility surface to the crosswalks.
He said no vehicle lanes will be added as part of the project.
Plans for the project also show a large median replacing one of the turn lanes in the middle of the road between Graham Street and Merritt Mill Road.
Why are these improvements being made?
The work is being funded and completed by the N.C. Department of Transportation.