Appalachian Power to Begin Work on 9th Street Vault


Beginning Monday, March 4, and continuing for approximately eight weeks, weather depending, Ninth 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 203 Ninth Street.   

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 Ninth Street, the company will install a new transformer and vault, underground concrete box-like structure that will encase the new transformer and related equipment, to serve the future electrical needs of the newly remodeled Krise building, as well as other customers along Main Street.    

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During the project, no through-traffic will be allowed on Ninth Street, but vehicles will be able to access both the private parking lot adjacent to the Krise building and the alley and City Council Parking Lot adjacent to City Hall.  The public is asked to follow all posted parking restrictions in all City and private parking lots.  On-street parking is allowed in all designated areas except for the construction zone on Ninth Street. 

Additionally, pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalk on the City Hall side of the street, but the sidewalk adjacent to the Krise building will be closed during construction. 

Emergency vehicles will not have access to this section of Ninth Street during the project. 

Construction activities will occur during daylight hours, from 7 AM – 7 PM, and will be completed on a rotating schedule of thirteen days of work, followed by four days of rest.  With this schedule, some work will be completed during the weekend, while rest days may occur during the week.  The will allow for Appalachian Power’s contractor, Carolina Conduit Systems (CCS), to work as quickly as possible without interruptions. 

In July 2018, the City of Lynchburg and Appalachian Power announced the joint Main Street Renewal Project.  Appalachian Power’s work on Ninth 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 in late Spring 2019. 


For more information, please contact: 

Jes Gearing
Public Information Officer
Lynchburg Water Resources

Teresa Hamilton Hall
Senior Communications Consultant
Appalachian Power

Heather Kennedy