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    Central Business District Water Main Replacement

    The City of Lynchburg is actively working towards a water main replacement program for the Central Business District. The City's Department of Water Resources goal is to provide safe, reliable, and quality drinking water to all of the City's customers. In reaching this goal, maintenance and replacement of existing water distribution system infrastructure is paramount. The Central Business District is probably the most challenging environment in the City to maintain and construct utility infrastructure.  

    Background

    • The Central Business District includes Commerce Street, Main Street, Church Street, and Court Street between 5th and 13th Streets. Over 70% of the pipes in these blocks are 100 years old or older. 
    • The oldest pipe in the ground was installed in 1829, and is the second oldest (to Philadelphia, PA) cast iron pipe in the country. 
    • Water main breaks in these blocks have shown to be disruptive to businesses and traffic and potentially costly with damages to personal property and pavement, and the City’s personnel costs required to locate and repair. If you would like to see one of these repair jobs in action, please watch this LTV show called "The Night Shift with Crew 24."
    This issue is not unique to Lynchburg, the largest cities in the country are finding themselves in the same situation: NYT Article "The Corrosion of America"

    Consultants

    • The City has a contract with Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP (WR&A), a Richmond, VA consulting engineering firm, to assist the Water Resource Department by developing a plan to replace the aging water lines. As a part of the WR&A team, Siddall, Inc has been included to assist the City with public relations and communications involved in this complex long term project. 

    Project

    • Planning for the Central Business District water main replacement will begin in 2010. The City staff and consultants will be meeting with key stakeholders in the City government and in the private business and residential market to gather information on issues and concerns. 
    • The City will be scheduling public meetings in order to understand the community’s perspective and how these construction projects can be handled to minimize impacts to them. This will consist of a series of meetings with members of the Downtown community, retailers, residents and property owners. 
    • Construction of the first project would likely be in 2013 following the completion of the currently designed work on the Fifth Street corridor. Projects would likely run for 10 to 15 years. This is due to the funding that would be required to construct and the need to keep public access and detours open for maintaining the existing downtown environment.

    Please refer back to this page as information about the project will be updated. Construction schedules and maps will be provided and updated on this site before and during construction.

    If you have specific questions regarding the project please feel free to contact: 

    Scott Parkins
    Utilities Engineer
    Department of Water Resources
     (434) 455-4248
     
    JoAnn Martin
    Director
    Communications and Marketing
     (434) 455-3800
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