Appalachian Power to Begin Work on 10th St. Vault


Beginning Monday, April 29, and continuing for approximately eleven weeks, until July 15, Tenth Street will be closed to through traffic between Main Street and Church Street in order for Appalachian Power to install new underground equipment located near the intersection of Tenth 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 Tenth Street, the company will replace the two vaults and transformers located alongside the former BB&T building and install a third vault in order to improve service to this section of downtown. A vault is an underground concrete box-like structure that encases electrical equipment. 

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During the project, no through-traffic will be allowed on Tenth Street, but vehicles will be able to access all parking lots with entrances between Church St. and Main St.  These parking lots include the Council Parking Lot adjacent to City Hall, the 1000 Church Street building’s parking lot, and the PLDR parking lot.  Two-way traffic will be permitted on the upper portion of Tenth Street, near Church Street, in order to facilitate local traffic in and out of these parking lots.  The sidewalk adjacent to the former BB&T building will be closed to pedestrian traffic, but the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street will be accessible.  Additionally, pedestrians will be able to access the Tenth Street entrance to City Hall at all times.

Closing Tenth Street to through-traffic will allow for Appalachian Power’s contractor, Carolina Conduit Systems (CCS), to complete its work a month faster than originally estimated.  Work will not begin on Tenth Street until after the crew completes its work on Ninth Street, which is scheduled to be completed by Friday, April 26.  Once Ninth Street is fully open to traffic, then Tenth Street will be closed.  The closure of Tenth Street will occur at the same time as the closure 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 Tenth 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. 


For more information, please contact:

Jes Gearing
Public Information Officer
Lynchburg Water Resources

Teresa Hamilton Hall
Senior Communications Consultant
Appalachian Power

Heather Kennedy