Corridor study underway for Graves Mill Road in Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Lynchburg City leaders are conducting a study on what is considered a congested stretch of road.

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The corridor study is looking at Graves Mill Rd. to make improvements to help with traffic flow and the crash rate.

The stretch of road is traveled by more than 27,000 vehicles daily; an amount of traffic that doesn't surprise Sherei Scott, who works at Moore's County store at the corner of Graves Mill and Creekside Dr. "It's hectic. It can get hectic … I mean you can sit at the light for five minutes just trying to get up the street," explained Scott.

That exact same intersection also has the highest crash rate on the corridor. So, now, city leaders want to make improvements. "We'll be looking at different lane configurations, different types of intersections, different types of signal configurations, pedestrian accommodations, bicycle accommodation," said Scott Smith, the Transportation Director with Region 2000.

The study includes the stretch of road from McConville to Grist Mill Rd., an area that is also seeing growth. "We have future developments that have been proposed. We want to get ahead of that make sure we can accommodate those developments," said Smith.

The new developments include Rosedale and a new apartment complex that is already under construction.

Smith says the study will help them determine what improvements to make to help with traffic flow and crash rates - which for most of the corridor is higher than other roads in the city and state. "If we can improve the through-put, the capacity of the corridor, while also reducing crashes then we're doing the right thing and that's what we're looking at," said Smith.

Project leaders will host a public workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Lynchburg Humane Society.