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Main Street Renewal Project to Begin Downtown (Sept. 16)
On Monday, September 16, the City of Lynchburg and Appalachian Power will break ground on the Main Street Renewal Project. The multi-million dollar joint investment will replace aging waterlines, update certain sanitary and storm systems and modernize the underground electrical system to improve reliability and provide for future development. The project area includes four blocks of Main Street from Eighth to Twelfth Streets and Tenth Street from Main to Church Streets.
Underground utility work will begin in the 800 and 1000 blocks of Main Street. The 800 block will be closed to through vehicular traffic with access maintained to the Bank of the James parking deck. The 1000 block work will result in one lane of vehicular traffic, and pedestrian fencing will provide access to all business storefronts. While crews are working in the blocks, there will be no on-street parking.
The City of Lynchburg will offer a parking validation program for free two-hour customer parking on the top level of the Midtown Parking Deck. Check in at the pay station at Midtown or on the Passport phone app for details.
“Free, two-hour customer parking is just one of the ways the City is supporting our downtown businesses,” said Mayor Treney Tweedy. “We fully understand how difficult this will be for them, and that’s why we are contracting with the Downtown Lynchburg Association (DLA) to provide additional marketing and communications for the businesses as well as intensifying our in-person public outreach through the services of Cella Molnar. We encourage everyone to continue to patronize our downtown businesses and to not let a little inconvenience hinder them from experiencing all that downtown has to offer!”
For all official project updates, click here. On the site, information will be provided on:
• Street closures
• Parking information
• Planned water and electrical outages
• Photos and descriptions about constuction progress
• Other pertinent construction information
The website also contains information about the programs and assistance that the City, Appalachian Power and the Downtown Lynchburg Association are offering to businesses and other impacted stakeholders. “Construction is never fun,” says Ashley Kershner, Executive Director of the Downtown Lynchburg Association. “But it is necessary, and we are so excited to see what is in store for Main Street at the completion of this project. We invite the community to continue to eat, shop and explore downtown throughout this process. Don’t miss out on all the great things happening downtown!"
After both organizations complete their underground infrastructure upgrades, the City will restore each block with updated streetscape features that encourage an enhanced pedestrian and vehicular experience. Features will include new brick sidewalks, historically-designed streetlights, new trees and plantings and new signing and striping of streets and parking spaces.
The project is estimated to be completed within 24-27 months with all substantial constuction completed by Thanksgiving 2021 prior to the holiday season.
For more information and to sign up for email updates, clcik here.
Click here to view a map of the affected area.