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Power out, detours up after Leesville Road wreck

Posted November 26, 2013

Leesville Road between Dominion Boulevard and St. Francis Drive was closed after a car knocked out a utility pole early Nov. 26, 2013.
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— A single-car crash knocked out power early Tuesday to about 300 homes in North Raleigh and saw authorities detouring drivers on a stretch of Leesville Road.

Leesville Road between Dominion Boulevard and St. Francis Drive was expected to remain closed until about 1 p.m. while representatives of Duke Energy work on repairs. They will replace a damaged utility pole and underground power lines, a spokesman said.

Two schools nearby – The Franciscan School and Sycamore Creek Elementary – did not lose power and planned to hold classes on the usual schedule.

Police recommended that drivers avoid the closure by taking Shady Grove Road, Carpenter Pond Road and Hickory Grove Church Road.

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  • RustyDawg Nov 27, 2013

    "The county widened the road by Sycamore Creek, but the Catholic Church was built/developed before the city annexed that part of the road, hence no widening. You will almost always find that the bizarre wide/narrow issues of local streets are either due to development on either side or the fact you are/aren't within city limits."
    So, you're telling me that the church hasn't added any buildings to the property since the city annexed? That should be a stipulation with any permit or planning of building on existing property. Road improvement should preceed any project whoever pays for it. Take Victory Church/Kemp Rd. for example. Durham Co. gave a dairy the go ahead a few years back. They are agricultural and get away with murder. They pay minimal taxes to boot. Trucks servicing the dairy have destoyed 5 miles of road. The tax payers pick up the tab. The planners and commissioners need to take a closer look at projects and future impacts, not after the damage is done.

  • carolinarox Nov 26, 2013

    Is it just me that goes nuts when an error has been pointed out twice (the location of the pin on the map is nowhere near where the accident occurred) and they don't correct it? The accident ocurred outside (north) of 540, not inside 540 at Springdale Estates. Third time this has been mentioned on this fine forum and no one seems to care that their reporting is in error.

  • JAT Nov 26, 2013

    what happened to the driver? is he ok, dead or in between? guess our power was more important than the status of his life.

  • amyg310 Nov 26, 2013

    I live in the Woodlawn subdivision and when I left at 1015, we still had no power. It went out around 110am. The dog was clearly frazzled by the loss of all our electronical hums. Haha. Then at 3am the house alarm alerted us that its back up battery was low. We did discover the hot water heater is gas though and that the gas fireplace does not require electricity to turn on! Thank goodness as it was quite a cold morning.

  • rand8844 Nov 26, 2013

    Rusty, Leesville Rd was a two lane road. City zoning makes the developer of a property widen the street when they develop the property in front of the road. The county widened the road by Sycamore Creek, but the Catholic Church was built/developed before the city annexed that part of the road, hence no widening. You will almost always find that the bizarre wide/narrow issues of local streets are either due to development on either side or the fact you are/aren't within city limits. Might not make things easier, but at least you know there is a logical reason.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 26, 2013

    Obamacare - "It's always nice to lose your electricity on a cold night due to a drunk driver."

    Where'd you see it was a drunk driver?

  • bonnrey Nov 26, 2013

    Glad you guys had power this morning! Ours just came back on a little after 11 a.m. Having cold showers, cold cereal, and candle-lit 'get kids off to school' mornings makes one appreciate the priveleged life we really have most of the time!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 26, 2013

    "Power was only out for just a little over an hour. Wasn't bad at all."

    Glad to hear it.

    I was beginning to think it was a very serious accident. Still, praying for anyone who may have been injured.

  • onefortheages99 Nov 26, 2013

    That area is definitely a mess. Between the Sycamore Carpoolers, St. Francis, one-kid-to-a-car, traffic jam, to stopping traffic on after their Sunday services to clear their parking lot, Leesville Rd. is not well equipped to handle the traffic counts.

    The City engineer admitted to me that the new widening is not enough. Doing it right the first time would be the smart thing to do. Voters approved the bonds for that project in 2005, but it got pushed down the list.

    Only one hour of no-power wasn't too bad, so props to the utility guys for working so fast.

    Trying to make a left turn out of that new neighborhood is going to be tough if they don't do something about the blind curve.

  • orangemoonlite Nov 26, 2013

    Some areas on Leesville were still without power at 7am...

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