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Solving Game Day Traffic Woes

Going to the UNC/NCSU game in the morning? You are apt to find serious traffic problems due to the closure of two lanes on I-40 West. In order to avoid problems choose one of these alternate routes:

  • SOUTH – Take Highway 64 West out of Cary to Farrington Point Road. Turn right and proceed for a few miles where you will bear left as the road becomes Mt. Carmel Church Road. Pass Governor’s Club’s entrance until you reach the next traffic light, 15-501 sound of town. Turn right to proceed into Chapel Hill or turn left to proceed to the Southern Village Tar Heel Express bus stop.
  • NORTH – Take Highway 70 West to Durham and get on I-85 West. After Mile marker 174, take 15-501 South and follow it into Chapel Hill. There is a Tar Heel Express option at University Mall, near Dillards.
  • MIDDLE – There are a few options to wind your way into Chapel Hill. If you are in the middle of Raleigh, take I-40 to I-540 South. Proceed until the road ends at Highway 55. Turn Right and then immediately turn left onto OKelly Chapel Road. It will end at 751 where you will turn right. Two lefts later turn onto Stagecoach Road. At its end, turn left onto Farrington Road. Follow it as it becomes Barbee Chapel Road. The next traffic light is Hwy 54, where you’ll turn left. If you want to take the Tar Heel Express bus, take the next left onto Friday Center Drive.

With all of these routes, it takes about 50 minutes to get from Cameron Village to the Tar Heel Expresses mentioned. This is in contrast to the 35 minutes it normally takes on a non-gameday without traffic problems. If you don’t have a place to park reserved for you, your best bet is to go to one of the Tar Heel Express locations and ride the bus to the stadium-side UNC Belltower. (Note that postgame departure points are in front of Fetzer gym, which is 1 block east of the belltower pregame dropoff points).

When traveling over, be sure to use WRAL’s traffic cams linked on their website, and follow my updates on Twitter .


  • Dana E

    Does that mean we should avoid I-40W through Durham/CH in the morning? I’m traveling from Raleigh to Greensboro, and need to know this. I’ll be heading through there between 9-10am.

    • https://www.danamccall.com Dana

      Even though their website says the lanes will open at 9am, I wouldn’t risk it. It also says that the closures are from 540 to Durham Fwy, so Durham Fwy is not an alternative. I think I’d just take 70 around Durham and take 85.

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