Fast Facts Type: Road widening
Affected Counties: Wake
Estimated Cost: $7 million
Construction Completion Date: Fall 2014
Currently, Leesville Road is a two-lane roadway. Additional lanes were already added at I-540 and intersections at Farless Road, Renfield Drive, Crestmont Drive, New Leesville Boulevard and Hickory Grove Church roads. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) believes that the two new schools being built along Leesville Road will result in congested traffic at the intersections.
The proposed Leesville Road Widening project involves changing a one-mile stretch of the road into a multi-lane roadway in hopes of improving traffic flow and enhancing safety. The widening project would be adding a raised median, bike lanes and sidewalks along both sides of the roadway.
Leesville Road is a well-traveled road that sees between 25,000 and 30,000 cars a day. With the addition of two new schools, it is projected to see an estimate of 55,000 cars a day. According to the NCDOT, the widening project is supposed to ease traffic by widening four lanes, connecting them with bike lines and 5-foot wide sidewalks on both sides. A raised median will also be placed to prevent left turns.
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Right-of-Way Acquisition: Early 2013
Award Construction Contract: Spring 2013
Construction to be Completed: Fall 2014
The Leesville Road Widening project is currently still in the design phase. Right-of-way acquisitions for this widening project are underway and affected property owners should be expected to be contacted in early 2013.