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What’s Happening with the Campus to Campus Connector?

February 14, 2011

On February 15th, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will consider next steps on the Campus to Campus Connector.  Attend the meeting in Carrboro Town Hall and show your support.

In January 2011, the Campus to Campus Bicycle Committee (CCBC) petitioned the Town of Chapel Hill Advisory Committees to press for a dedicated bike path connecting UNC campus to the Carolina North site.   The Chapel Hill Town Council considered the joint staff report on a recommended route and referred the route to the Town’s Advisory Committees last October.

Our group is collaborating with UNC, staff from both Towns, and the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition to encourage UNC and local governments to move on to the next logical step of approving the recommended route and to authorize design work.

The Connector will benefit bicyclists in Chapel Hill and Carrboro commuting to UNC. The demand for this facility exists now and will only increase as Chapel Hill and Carrboro grow. We are asking the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC adopt a schedule for next steps with deadlines.

Time line should include:

  • Spring 2011: Elected Boards endorse recommended alignment
  • Phase I: Design Work
    –  Identify design funding for Route A. (to what degree can in- house staff provide)

    –  Establish and confirm right- of way and/or grant access

    –  Establish Route A design guidelines (main trunk, pedestrian/bike waysides & connections, landscape   enhancements, lighting, safety, way- finding etc.)
    Prepare a cost estimate for construction of Route A.
  • Phase II: Construction:
    –  Identify funding mechanisms

    –  Construction schedule

    –  Identify management and maintenance of the pathway

Background

In 2006, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Orange County elected officials and citizens participated in a Leadership Advisory Committee established by UNC to set principles for the development of Carolina North. A key adopted principle established a compact footprint for the Carolina North campus within Chapel Hill’s jurisdiction for the next 50 years.

In June 2009, the University of North Carolina and the Town of Chapel Hill signed the Carolina North Development Agreement. UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill included a provision in the Agreement for an off-road bike connector. See attached excerpt from Development Agreement.

In 2009-2010, UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill staff implemented the requirements of the Agreement, holding three workshops open to all citizens to gather input on three possible locations for the Connector. The staff recommended Route A of three options. See map of preferred alignment.

In 2010, the Chapel Hill Town Council received UNC’s annual Development Agreement report in September 2010. The Council referred the staff report of the recommended alignment for the campus to campus route to the Town’s Advisory Boards for comment. See attached excerpt from the UNC Annual Report.

Chapel Hill Town staff will present a report to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen in February 2010. CCBC will send this memo to Carrboro Advisory Boards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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