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    US 501 and US 221 Intersection Improvement Project

    The City of Lynchburg is proposing roadway improvements in the vicinity of the intersection of US 221 (Lakeside Drive) and US 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) to alleviate existing traffic congestions and delay, improve public safety, and accommodate anticipated traffic increases as growth continues to expand in the surrounding area.
    An Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared that establishes the project purpose and need, describes alternative solutions considered, and identifies potential project impacts, either positive or negative. The EA is being prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), in accordance with FHWA regulations for implementing NEPA and in coordination with FHWA, the Virginia Department of Transportation and in consideration of input from the City of Lynchburg community.

    As described below, the EA is available for review. There are several ways the public can participate in the NEPA and public participation processes and provide comments on the EA and the project overall.  

    1.      REVIEW THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT and PROVIDE COMMENT

    The NEPA process combines the efforts of professional engineers, planners, and environmental scientists who collect and analyze project-related information, and considers public input, to develop the preferred transportation solution.

    The result of this study process is presented in the EA, allowing an opportunity for public review and comment by November 6, 2019, prior to the EA being finalized.

    Once comments are received, they will be reviewed by the study team and FHWA and incorporated into a Revised EA, as appropriate.  The EA and supporting technical documents are available at the following links:

    EA Appendices

                   o   Chapter 1: Purpose and Need
                   o   Chapter 2: Alternatives
                   o   Chapter 3: Environmental Consequences
                   o   Chapter 4: Coordination and Comments

    Printed copies of the EA are also available at the following locations for on-site review:

    Engineering Department
    City Hall, Second Floor
    900 Church Street
    Lynchburg, VA 24504

    Lynchburg Public Library
    2315 Memorial Avenue
    Lynchburg, VA 24501

    Comment cards and lock boxes are provided at the counters of the above locations. To submit comments online, please click the, CaretoComment?

    2.      ATTEND THE LOCATION PUBLIC HEARING and PROVIDE COMMENT

    A Location Public Hearing has been scheduled for the following date:

    October 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
    City Hall, Council Chambers
    900 Church Street
    Lynchburg, VA  24504
     
    Prior to the public hearing, there will be a project viewing session from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. outside Council Chambers for the public to review the alternatives, ask questions of staff, and provide written comment. Project information will be presented at the 7:30 p.m. public hearing and comment cards will be available. Please note the public comment period closes on November 6, 2019, or 15 days following the public hearing.

    3.      PROVIDE COMMENT ONLINE

    To submit comments online, please click the, CaretoComment?   Please note the public comment period closes on November 6, 2019.

    IMPORTANT DATES
    EA Available for Comment
    September 20th
     
    Location Public Hearing
    October 22nd
     
    Comment Period Closes
    November 6th

     

    PROJECT AREA

    The study area includes: South of Breezewood Drive on US 501, West of Breezewood Drive on US 221, North of RR Bridge on Old Forest Road, West of Old Forest Road/US 501 Intersection, East of Country Place Lane on US 221.

    PURPOSE

    The purpose of the project is to improve safety, increase capacity, and reduce delays along US 221 and US 501, which currently present some of the highest levels of congestion in the City of Lynchburg. Continued commercial, retail and housing growth has pushed the intersection over capacity, as exhibited by delays experienced during in the peak hours of travel.

    SCHEDULE

     

    PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

    A number of public involvement meetings will be scheduled to keep citizens engaged and gather input about the project area. Meetings will be advertised via postcard, email, media outlets, and this webpage.

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    CONTACT

    Cella Molnar, Associates, Public Information & Outreach
    Heather Kennedy (434) 528-3041 or hkennedy@cella.cc

    Pennoni
    Transportation Engineer
    Don Deberry (239) 565-8638 or ddeberry@pennoni.com