Leaders break ground on Hillsborough Street project
Posted May 20, 2009 6:05 a.m. EDT
Updated May 20, 2009 2:11 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh city leaders held a groundbreaking at noon Wednesday to celebrate the kickoff of Phase I of the Hillsborough Street renovation.
In March, the City Council approved spending $9 million to install roundabouts on Hillsborough Street between Oberlin Road and Gardner Street.
North Carolina State University also contributed money to the project. The N.C. State campus runs along Hillsborough Street for the entire stretch.
Voters approved the roundabouts four years ago as part of a $60 million bond referendum for road improvements. The City Council has debated the details of the project ever since.
The traffic circles are seen as a way to make Hillsborough Street more pedestrian-friendly and to revitalize the area for businesses.
The project will also include more greenery. Workers will plant trees along the road, which will create a living canopy along the street.
City leaders said a small group of people meeting in a neighborhood church conceived the idea for the project years ago.