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Chapel Hill Officials Issue Reminder About Street Closures On Halloween

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — As usual, the town of Chapel Hill expects a large crowd downtown on Halloween night. Officials said they expect a crowd of approximately 75,000 people.

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The town is issuing the following reminders about its Halloween plan:

Street Closures:

Downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic at 9 p.m. The streets that will be closed are:

  • Franklin Street -- From Raleigh Street to Mallette Street
  • Columbia Street -- From Rosemary Street to Cameron Avenue
  • Raleigh Street -- From East Franklin to Cameron (for a shuttle bus stop)
  • Residential streets near downtown will be closed except to residents of those streets and their guests.


  • There will be little parking available close to downtown.
  • There will be no place for charter buses to drop off or pick up passengers.
  • Vehicles parked on East Franklin Street will be towed if not moved prior to 6 p.m.
  • Parking will not be allowed on streets in or near downtown Chapel Hill. Vehicles that are illegally parked will be ticketed and towed, with a minimum recovery cost of $103.

    Shuttle Bus Service:

    The town will offer shuttle service between four Park-and-Ride Lots and downtown Chapel Hill. Everyone is encouraged to use the shuttle service. Shuttle buses will run from 9 p.m. until the service is no longer needed. The cost is $5 round-trip and $3 one-way. The routes will be:

  • Jones Ferry Road lot in Carrboro to the old Trailways Bus Station on West Franklin
  • Southern Village (15-501 South) lot to the old Trailways bus station on West Franklin
  • Highway 54 lot to Raleigh Street near East Franklin Street
  • University Mall to Raleigh Street near East Franklin Street
  • Prohibited Items:

    Alcohol is not permitted in the areas where traffic is blocked. Open containers of alcohol and coolers are not permitted on any public street, sidewalk, or right-of-way. Alcohol Law Enforcement officers will be enforcing state laws and local ordinances concerning alcohol possession and consumption.

    Town ordinances and state statutes prohibit the following items in the closed area:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Weapons
  • Glass bottles
  • Paint
  • Fireworks and Explosives
  • Flammable substances
  • Animals
  • Coolers
  • Items that can be used as weapons or look like weapons, even as part of a costume, will be confiscated.

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  • Chapel Hill Transit Announces Halloween Schedule

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