LYNCHBURG, Va. -

The draft of a safety study focused on Lynchburg's Route 221 corridor found crash rates are significantly higher than the statewide average for similar roadways.

The section between Graves Mill Rd. and Gristmill Dr. has the highest crash rate within the area studied -- almost three times the Virginia average.

More than 150 members of the public participated in the project, which was designed to pinpoint problem areas to see what can be improved.

One problem the report highlighted is that traffic signals are not coordinated. For drivers, this means frequent stops and congestion.

Also according to the report, the more driveways there are per mile, the higher the crash rate. This was a direct correlation.

The key congested intersections are at Cottontown Rd., Graves Mill Rd., Gristmill Dr., and Enterprise Dr.

Click here to read the full report.

The draft report also included possible funding sources. Many of these recommendations will be on a six-year implementation plan, but some are longer- or shorter-term.

Here is the list of recommendations:

Full list of recommendations for the Route 221 corridor