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Leland commuters sound off on traffic woes

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Traffic is a pain, and folks who commute to and from Leland know that all too well.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is trying to alleviate some of those woes, though, and tonight you got a chance to speak your mind.

It’s no secret with construction on the causeway and Leland’s growing population, traffic out that way is out of hand. At a meeting tonight, the NCDOT answered questions and did their part to explain when this traffic problem will be alleviated.

Most folks we spoke with said over the past couple weeks things have gotten better and D.O.T. says that is thanks in large part to folks in the community driving smarter.

Smarter they say by getting to work earlier, or letting kids ride the bus. People in the area are doing little things that make a big difference.

“The improvement that we’ve seen has not been a giant engineering feat on our part,” the DOT’s Karen Fussell said. “It is actually a community solution.”

Some say, though, this is all a part of progress.

“When you’re trying to get to work and you’re trying to get home, I fully understand the frustration and impatience people feel,” said Linda Warren, who lives in Leland.

The causeway construction project will continue until November 2016 with road construction around the entire Leland area not set to wrap up until 2017.

One of the big questions tonight was about I-140, and when the portion between US 17 and US 74/76 would open up. DOT said it should open some time in the next 30 days.

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