Race to close roads in downtown Chapel Hill

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 06:33 PM

The Tar Heel 10-Miler road race will temporarily close some roads in downtown Chapel Hill Saturday.

The race, which begins at 7:30 a.m., is expected to draw as many as 5,000 runners. Some roads along the race route will close intermittently through the morning.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time and use alternate routes to avoid delays between 6 and 10 a.m.

The following areas will be significantly impacted during the times indicated:

-- Raleigh Road (6 to 10 a.m.) - Raleigh Road will be closed to all traffic between Country Club Road and U.S. 15/501.

-- Franklin Street/Downtown Chapel Hill (7:40 to 8:30 a.m.) - The eastbound lanes of Franklin Street will be closed to all traffic. Traffic headed east from Carrboro should use eastbound Rosemary Street or southbound Merritt Mill Road. The westbound lanes of Franklin Street will remain open to traffic. All traffic on Columbia Street will be detoured away from Franklin Street.

-- Battle Park (7:50 to 8:45 a.m.) - Raleigh Street, Battle Lane and Boundary Street will be closed to through traffic.  To exit the area, motorists should use South Boundary Street to East Franklin Street.

-- Gimghoul (7:50 to 8:55 a.m.) - Runners will be using both lanes of the roads in the neighborhood. Motorists absolutely needing to exit the neighborhood should use the left lane of Country Club Road towards East Cameron Avenue. 

-- Greenwood (8 to 9:15 a.m.) - The intersection of Raleigh Road and Greenwood Road will be closed. Runners will be using the right lane of the roads in the neighborhood. Motorists absolutely needing to exit the neighborhood should use extreme caution and proceed to the northernmost Old Mill Road exit to Fordham Boulevard.

-- Laurel Hill (8:10 to 9:40 a.m.) - Runners will be using both lanes as they run uphill. Police will be securing the top and bottom of the hill, blocking all through traffic. Motorists absolutely needing to exit the neighborhood should use only the downhill, southbound lane towards Fordham Boulevard.

All other roads along the course will be closed and reopened as the runners pass by the various areas on the course. Police and course monitors will be positioned at each intersection, with detours and alternate routes being enabled as needed.  All roads will reopen by 10:15 a.m.

For additional information about this event, visit www.tarheel10miler.com.