Dead End street sign

Let’s hear it for local government!

I live on a cul-de-sac in Chapel Hill. (I leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine which one. Extra credit for my Reference students in the Fall if you can find out when we bought the house & for how much.)

Anyway, I live on a cul-de-sac. But until today there was no sign to indicate that it is a cul-de-sac. We were talking with some of our neighbors recently about how we wish there were such a sign, especially since the end of the street is a playground for the neighborhood kids. Also the cul-de-sac spurs off from the main road at a curve, so we get drivers who apparently don’t realize the main road curves and drive down the cul-de-sac, clearly lost, who then look confused and do a U-turn.

So I emailed Chapel Hill Town Council member Sally Greene to ask her how to get a sign. I mean, no sense in having friends in high places if you can’t ask an occasional favor! Sally worked her governmental magic and I got an email a few days later from Kumar the Traffic Engineer. Kumar & I went back & forth by email a few times, & finally settled on what we wanted the Town to do.

And this afternoon a new sign was in place! It’s not a Dead End sign like the one pictured here, but a new street name sign with a Dead End addendum. Pretty cool-looking actually.

So, thanks Sally, and thanks Kumar, and thanks everyone who I don’t know about who was involved in this. This was such a trivial matter, and it got resolved very quickly & efficiently. I’m very happy with the Chapel Hill town government right now.