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Leesville Road is getting wider

Drivers head north on Leesville Road, where a $5.5 million widening project is underway.
Drivers head north on Leesville Road, where a $5.5 million widening project is underway. sbarr@newsobserver.com

Leesville Road is undergoing a $5.5 million facelift.

Workers are widening the current two-lane road in northwest Raleigh to four lanes. Construction began in March is expected to wrap up in September 2015, said Tim Sudano, a project engineer for Raleigh.

The Leesville Road area has seen plenty of growth, Sudano said. In 2015, the city projects the road will see between 24,000 and 30,000 vehicles per day. That number is expected to jump to 43,500 to 54,900 by 2035.

The neighborhood hasn’t seen one huge residential project that has added a lot of traffic, said Ken Bowers, interim planning director for Raleigh. Instead, the area has seen steady growth over the years.

Residents who live in Harrington Grove near Leesville Road had complained about traffic, especially during morning commute, Sudano said. Traffic often backs up in front of The Franciscan School, part of the Catholic community of St. Francis of Assisi, and Sycamore Creek Elementary School.

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