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Chapel Hill To Scare Cars From Downtown On Halloween

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The town plans to close downtown streets Tuesday night to accommodate thousands of people expected for the annual Halloween festival.

The following streets will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 p.m.:

  • Franklin Street between Raleigh and Roberson streets
  • Columbia Street between Rosemary Street and Cameron Avenue
  • Raleigh Street between East Franklin and Cameron avenues
  • Henderson Street between East Rosemary and East Franklin streets
  • Residential streets near downtown also will be closed, except to residents of those streets and their guests.

    Vehicles parked in the festival area will be towed, beginning at 6 p.m. Drivers whose cars have been towed will face a charge of at least $103 to get them back, officials said.

    Parking will be available in municipal parking lots, including the Rosemary Street Deck, for $10 per vehicle.

    Chapel Hill officials will offer shuttle service between four Park-and-Ride lots and downtown from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. The shuttles will cost is $5 round-trip and $3 one-way.

    The shuttles will run on the following routes:

  • Jones Ferry Road Lot in Carrboro to South Columbia Street at Cameron Avenue
  • Southern Village (U.S. Highway 15/501 South) Lot to South Columbia Street at Cameron Avenue
  • Friday Center Park & Ride Lot to Cameron Avenue at Raleigh Street
  • University Mall to Cameron Avenue at Raleigh Street
  • The following items aren't permitted in the downtown area Tuesday night:

  • Alcohol
  • Weapons
  • Glass Bottles
  • Paint
  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Flammable Substances
  • Animals
  • Coolers
  • Anything that could be used as a weapon or could reasonably be mistaken as a weapon, including part of a costume, will be confiscated, officials said.

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