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Summer Projects

Here are some construction projects affecting campus this summer and beyond:

Mary Ellen Jones Renovation

Present – May 2018
Mary Ellen Jones building renovation update. This project is pursuing LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency. The project is anticipated to have a 30-month duration

Ackland Art Museum Steam Line Project

July 2016 – Fall 2016

Abernethy Steam Line Project

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

South Road Repaving

May 2016 – August 2016
A re-paving project for South Road is scheduled for mid-May with a completion date in August. Nighttime work will occur 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Road users should expect a one lane closure during overnight hours. Contact: Tommy Byrd, NCDOT Assistant Resident Engineer: 336-570-6830 or

Ridge Road Repaving

July 28, 2016 – August 12, 2016
Ridge Road will be reconstructed from Manning Drive to Stadium Drive. Reconstruction includes new curb/gutter, sharrow markings for bicycles, new crosswalks and pavement resurfacing.  Ridge Road will be resurfaced between Stadium Drive and Country Club Road. Ridge Road will be closed to through traffic, and traffic will be detoured to Stadium Drive and South Road. Follow this link for detailed detour information. This is a Town of Chapel Hill public improvement project. Contact: Larry Tucker, senior engineering coordinator: or 919-969-5084

Friday Center Drive Repaving

June 2016 – October 2016
Friday Center Drive will be reconstructed/resurfaced. This is a Town of Chapel Hill public improvement project. Contact: Larry Tucker, TOCH senior engineering coordinator: or 919-969-5084

Porthole Renovation

September 2016 – Winter 2016
A new driveway entrance on South Columbia Street will be created to allow bicycle and pedestrian only access from the Porthole Alley entrance on Franklin Street.

Water Pipe Replacement on East Rosemary, Henderson, and Hillsborough Streets

May 2016 – Spring 2017
Contractors for OWASA will install new pipes and change meters that serve both residents and businesses. The contractor will work initially on Hillsborough Street, then on Henderson Street, and finally East Rosemary Street.  There will be significant impacts on residents and vehicular traffic from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Chapel Hill Transit routes (‘A’, ‘HS’) and emergency vehicles will be granted through access on Hillsborough Street. Contact: Jeremy Fireline, OWASA: 919-537-4249 or

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