Lakeside Drive Bridge Over Blackwater Creek

The City of Lynchburg plans to reconstruct a new section of Lakeside Drive in order to improve traffic flow through the existing intersection at Lakeside Drive/ College Drive/ Old Forest Road and as a requested precursor to the College Lake Dam Removal project. These modifications will enhance safety and improve access to the University of Lynchburg, via Hopwood Drive.

Project Description

The Lakeside Drive Bridge Over Blackwater Creek design-build project will realign U.S. 221 Lakeside Drive north of the existing roadway as a four-lane highway from Blue Ridge Street to the east of Joel Street. In addition to the associated road construction, the project will include the following key features:

  • Roundabout intersection between Old Forest Road, College Drive, Lakeside Drive, and Hopwood Drive.
  • Realignment of the existing intersection between Old Forest Road, College Drive, and Lakeside Drive, including the removal of existing signalization features.
  • Four-lane, multi-span bridge with shared-use paths over Blackwater Creek.
  • Addition of sidewalks for improved pedestrian travel throughout the project area.


  • Notice to Proceed: February 25, 2020
  • Design and Permitting Phase: Ongoing
  • Construction Start: Fall 2020
  • Projected Completion: June 30, 2023

Press Release

Public Notice of Blasting Operations (PDF)

Lakeside Drive Bridge prior to the superstructure concrete placement. September 15

Lakeside Drive Bridge at College Lake Dam - Sept 10 2021

Public Involvement

A virtual public meeting was held on April 22, 2021. Please watch the recorded public meeting.

Contact - Stay Informed

To receive the latest information on the project, including construction impacts and opportunities for public involvement, please sign up for email updates: Email the Contractor: English Construction.