In an effort to create a safer downtown, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership submitted a petition to the town to ask for small infrastructure changes on West Franklin Street.
The petition, which was presented by the board at the Sept. 25 Chapel Hill Town Council meeting, requests that a traffic analysis report be conducted prior to the re-striping of West Franklin Street next year.
“Right now, West Franklin Street is very busy...it’s much busier than a downtown neighborhood district should be,” said Matt Gladdek, the executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, at the Sept. 25 meeting.
Downtown partnership board members said they hope a traffic impact analysis report will initiate a redesign of West Franklin Street that reduces the walking distance for pedestrians when crossing, as well as maintain on-street parking and loading zones.
“We just hope to make downtown a nicer place to be, and to invite people to be down here,” Gladdek said.