Meeting to discuss downtown Lynchburg construction projects

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Monday, the city of Lynchburg will be talking about all the construction in store for downtown.

The city is in the midst of working on about half a dozen projects around downtown, and later Monday, they'll be giving an update on them to the public.

If you walk by Church Street, you'll notice the first part of the projects. The city says they're in the process of replacing eight blocks of water lines. That work will continue, as they'll be replacing 45 blocks of lines downtown.

Another big part of the project will be making Church and Main Street two way roads. Work will start along Main Street in January and eventually close it down to one-way. All these projects come with a price tag of more than $20 million.

The plan is to make it friendlier for people who walk downtown.

James Talian, City of Lynchburg Department of Water Resources said, “To make it a more business friendly place, to make it a safer place and just a better overall community and not a community that people drive through but a place that people drive to.”

Talian says this work will cause some disruption, but in the end it will play into a better Lynchburg.

“To make it safer we have a couple structural issues that will be addressed,” said Talian. “We of course have the traffic issue, we have aging infrastructure that needs to be replaced and all of it will prepare us for the future.”

That meeting is going on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Lynchburg. City staff members will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the various projects.