The Town of Chapel Hill is preparing for tonight's big Halloween celebration on Franklin Street.
In anticipation of a large crowd for tonight's Homegrown Halloween, authorities will close Franklin St. at 9 p.m. and open at 11:30 p.m.
In the past, the event has attracted crowds in upwards of 80,000.
As in recent years, the plan this year is to restrict traffic access to downtown Chapel Hill.
There will be no bus shuttles although Safe Ride buses will operate for UNC-Chapel Hill students. Alcohol checkpoints will be in place at the event, and DWI enforcement will also take place with cooperation from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Alcohol sales will be restricted after 1 a.m. Franklin Street will reopen to regular traffic at midnight.
Homegrown Halloween Restrictions:
Restricted access to downtown through lane and street closures
No special event park and ride bus shuttles
Parking will be essentially unavailable downtown
Police plan to begin reopening Franklin Street at 11:30 p.m.
Chapel Hill Transit will run its usual bus routes although some will be rerouted due to the traffic diversion plan. Service on D, J, NS, NU and EZ Rider routes will end early. The Safe Ride bus routes normally in place on the weekends will be available to transport community members and UNC students away from downtown.
Costume accessories that look like weapons; Weapons; Alcoholic Beverages; Glass Bottles; Paint; Fireworks and Explosives; Flammable Substances; Animals; Coolers
Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will end service early on the D, J, NS and NU routes and EZ Rider to accommodate the Halloween celebration on Franklin Street. The following schedule modifications will be in effect:
D Route will end at 8:43 p.m. at the Sagebrook Apartments
J Route will end at 8:56 p.m. at the Rock Creek Apartments
NS Route will end at 8:38 p.m. at Eubanks Park and Ride
NU Route will end at 8:29 p.m. at RR Lot
EZ Rider service will end at 8:30 p.m.
All other routes will operate on regular routes and published schedules, although minor delays may occur due to increased traffic.