Limits: South Columbia Street to Pittsboro Street
McCauley Street

Purpose of Improvements

This connection would complete the bicycle network and improve east-west connectivity between Pittsboro Street and South Road.

Existing Conditions

  • There is approximately 33 feet between the curbs.
  • Approximately 8,000 vehicles use this street daily, at 25 miles per hour speed limit.
  • There are no existing bicycle accommodations.
  • There are 10-foot wide sidewalks on both sides with a high volume of pedestrian use.
  • Steep roadway grade westbound presents a significant barrier for bicyclists.
  • This roadway is maintained by the Town of Chapel Hill.

Short-Term Recommendation

Shared Lane Markings

Add shared lane markings in the center of the outside lanes with BICYCLES MAY USE FULL LANE signs.

Primary Implementation Challenges: none

Probable Construction Cost: $1,930

Long-Term Recommendation Options

Further study will be required to select one of the following options.

Cycle Track

As part of a roadway widening or reconstruction project, add a two-way cycle track to the north side of the roadway.

Primary Implementation Challenges: requires relocation of retaining wall and construction outside of existing right-of-way on UNC-CH property. Should only be pursued if cycle tracks are developed on South Road and South Columbia Road.

Probable Construction Cost: $190,910

Bicycle Lanes

As part of a roadway widening or reconstruction project, add 6-foot bicycle lanes to both sides of the roadway.

Primary Implementation Challenges: requires relocation of retaining wall and construction outside of existing right-of-way on UNC-CH property.

Probable Construction Cost: $399,010