LYNCHBURG, Va. -

More detours are on the way for drivers in Lynchburg, as a major road project continues.

City crews are improving a series of roads between Lynchburg General Hospital and the Lynchburg Expressway as part of the "midtown connector."

Work has been underway since last year and a lot of progress is being made on the first segment: a section of Kemper Street and Park Avenue, near the Lynchburg train station.

The city of Lynchburg has spent $6-million filling in an abandoned railroad track with dirt, installing new storm drains, tearing down buildings, and rebuilding part of the road.

Decorative light posts and new sidewalks have been added, to make the area more attractive.

The next phase of work will happen on Langhorne Road.

Starting July 8 Langhorne will be a one-way road for drivers heading toward the hospital.

If you're leaving the medical district on Langhorne, heading toward the expressway, you'll have to use an alternate route.

The lane closure is necessary, so that crews can install a new gas line.

"The end product will be well worth the wait," said project manager, J.P. Morris. "We know it's an inconvenience. We really appreciate how patient commuters and residents have been during this first phase of the project and we look forward to getting it wrapped up in the next few years."

The Langhorne detour will last six to 10 months.

Drivers heading away from the hospital will have to use Memorial and Park Avenues to reach the expressway.

The entire midtown connector will cost the city $18-million and improve about a mile and a quarter of roadway. It's scheduled to be complete by November of next year.

You can learn more about this project at a public meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the public works building on Memorial Avenue.