Skipper Bowles Drive to close between Oct. 19 – Jan. 6

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Skipper Bowles Drive to close between Oct. 19 – Jan. 6


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Oct. 18, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Facilities Services is conducting emergency steam tunnel repairs that will force the closure of a segment of Skipper Bowles Drive to through traffic beginning Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, through Jan. 6, 2017.


As a result, access to parking areas along Skipper Bowles Drive will be maintained through designated routes (see link to map below). People are advised to drive slowly with caution, follow detour signs and stay alert to temporary bus stop and crosswalk locations throughout this project.


Chapel Hill Transit has rerouted the CM, N, U, and RU routes. Visit Chapel Hill Transit’s website for route information.


Bus stops serving Skipper Bowles Drive will be temporarily relocated during construction.  Chapel Hill Transit will make every attempt to maintain schedules, but riders should plan for delays due to re-routing. Map of detour available here.


Point-to-Point Express will alter its route slightly to serve the northbound Skipper Bowles stop north of Blythe Drive before resuming its normal route. Map of detour available here.


Pedestrians should be alert to traffic changes and follow signage along Skipper Bowles Drive designating pedestrian re-routes.




About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 317,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


UNC Transportation & Parking contact: Randy Young, (919) 962-3951,

UNC Communications contact: MC VanGraafeiland (919) 962-7090,