Appalachian Power to Begin Work on 11th St. Vault


Beginning Monday, April 22, and continuing for approximately eight weeks, weather depending, Eleventh Street will be closed to through traffic between Main Street and Church Street in order for Appalachian Power to install new underground electrical equipment located near the intersection of Eleventh and Main Streets. 

This work is the first part of Appalachian Power’s investment in downtown Lynchburg to replace the aging system with new wire, transformers, concrete vaults, manholes and grates. On this section of Eleventh Street, the company will install a new transformer and vault, an underground concrete box-like structure that will encase the new transformer and related equipment. 

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During the project, no through-traffic will be allowed on Eleventh Street, but vehicles will be able to access the driveways and parking lots located on Eleventh Street adjacent to Ronnie’s Hair Cuts & Styles, the 1105 Main Street Lofts, Schewels Furniture, and the Progressive Insurance office.  Two-way traffic will be permitted on the upper portion of Eleventh Street near Church Street in order to facilitate local traffic in and out of these driveways and parking lots.  Additionally, the sidewalk adjacent to Schewels will be closed to pedestrian traffic, but the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street, adjacent to Ronnie’s Hair Cuts & Styles, will be open.

Since the contractor for Appalachian Power, Carolina Conduit Systems (CCS), completed its work in the Lynchburg Community Market two weeks ahead of schedule, the crew is now able to begin construction on Eleventh Street.  Construction activities will occur during daylight hours, from 7 AM – 8 PM, seven days a week without any break in the schedule.  This schedule allows for CCS to work with fewer interruptions and to continue to complete work as quickly as possible.

In July 2018, the City of Lynchburg and Appalachian Power announced the joint Main Street Renewal Project.  Appalachian Power’s work on Eleventh Street is a precursor to the Main Street Renewal Project, which will begin in Fall 2019.  More details about the Main Street Renewal Project, including project timelines and scope of work, will be announced at a joint informational meeting on Tuesday, April 30.  The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn (601 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504) at 7 PM. 

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For more information, please contact:

Jes Gearing
Public Information Officer
Lynchburg Water Resources

Teresa Hamilton Hall
Senior Communications Consultant
Appalachian Power

Heather Kennedy