City of Raleigh proposes changes for Lake Wheeler Road including a new type of roundabout

The peanut-shaped traffic circle is just one of many improvements potentially coming to Lake Wheeler Road. As a Complete Street, this road will cater to all transportation types, from foot to bus.

A rendering of a peanut-shaped roundabout on Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh, NC.

You may see this peanut-shaped roundabout make its way to Lake Wheeler Road.

Rendering provided by City of Raleigh

The City of Raleigh is working toward its Complete Streets strategy, which will accommodate all modes of transportation to navigate streets safely with potential changes coming to Lake Wheeler Road up next.

Plans are being finalized for the $20 million Lake Wheeler Road Improvement Project, spanning from South Saunders Street to Maywood Avenue — think behind Dorothea Dix Park going toward the State Farmers Market — which might include:

  • A peanut-shaped roundabout to slow and smooth traffic
  • Sidewalks + shared paths
  • Bike-only facilities
  • Raised intersections along side streets to keep pedestrians safe
  • Transit improvements to improve connectivity
  • A raised median to help slow traffic + prevent unsafe left turns
  • Stormwater facilities to mitigate runoff

Construction is slated to begin in 2025 — plus, there are nine more Complete Street projects underway for busy roads like Avent Ferry Road, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Lake Boone Trail.