Chapel Hill Proposes Including Bike Lanes to Culbreth Highway
The City of Chapel Hill is proposing so as to add bike lanes to Culbreth Highway this summer time. If authorised, the middle flip lane alongside many of the highway could be eliminated and 5 toes bike lanes could be added on each side of the highway.
The Culbreth Highway Lane Reallocation is a part of a repaving venture by the North Carolina Division of Transportation (NCDOT) – which the city sees as an opportunity to raised the pedestrian and bike owner expertise.
“A part of NCDOT’s repaving the city sees a chance to reexamine the lanes and have a look at the potential for bike lanes which we’ve recognized as one thing we want to do in our city’s mobility and connectivity plan,” Josh Mayo, the transportation planner for the City of Chapel Hill, mentioned.
The Chapel Hill Mobility and Connectivity Plan goals to attain a 35 % bicycling, strolling, and transit commute to work in Chapel Hill by the 12 months 2025. Mayo mentioned to achieve this aim, the city recognized a community of modifications to offer the very best biking and pedestrian expertise attainable.
“Over time we hope to implement these by way of tasks like this, by way of new growth, and thru federally funded grants and create a linked, protected, and helpful community for individuals ages 8 to 80,” Mayo mentioned.
In contrast to different mobility tasks within the city, Mayo mentioned the Culbreth Highway Undertaking arose with out the necessity for federal funding.
“This Culbreth Highway venture is a good alternative to get a low-cost bicycle facility in as a result of NCDOT is already going to repave the highway,” Mayo mentioned. “It doesn’t take a lot further value or a lot further effort to offer NCDOT with a design that features bike lanes. It will be the identical repaving prices at NCDOT’s value as properly.”
For these involved in regards to the influence on visitors, the venture doesn’t anticipate main modifications. Mayo mentioned the city modeled the proposed modifications in a town-wide visitors mannequin and located little to no delay because of the change.
Undertaking managers are holding two public data periods for neighborhood members to voice their opinions on the venture June 10 and June 14. The city can also be accepting suggestions in a survey on the venture’s webpage.
If authorised, venture development may begin as early as July 1 and could be scheduled to be accomplished previous to the beginning of the varsity 12 months in August.
The Culbreth Highway Lane Reallocation shouldn’t be the one venture occurring throughout the Mobility and Connectivity plan. The city can also be engaged on the Estes Drive Bike and Pedestrian improvements and the Fordham Side Path – each of which intention to start development later this 12 months.
To search out extra data on the venture or to voice an opinion, click on here.
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