Lynchburg bridge replacement project nears completion

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Work is almost finished on a Lynchburg bridge that's been closed since last spring.

Crews are putting the final touches on the Kemper Street bridge. When it opens in a few weeks, Campbell Avenue will once again be linked with the midtown connector.

For the first time in 18 months, drivers will also be able to enter and exit the Lynchburg Expressway at Kemper Street.

Engineers have made some changes to the interchange. Exit ramps are longer, giving drivers more room to speed up and slow down as they leave or enter the highway. Traffic lights will also be activated on the Kemper Street end of the ramps.

"Before there were quite a few accidents here, because of the way the off ramps were situated, and it was just old technology," said Joe Smith, an engineer with Lynchburg Public Works.

The bridge should re-open by the end of August. Engineers say the project will be finished several weeks early and thousands of dollars under budget.