Two organizations, one goal.
On September 16, 2019, the City of Lynchburg and Appalachian Power will break ground on the Main Street Renewal Project. This joint $17M will replace aging waterlines, update streetscape features on Main Street and Tenth Street, and modernize the underground electrical system to improve reliability and provide for future development.
The project is estimated to be completed in 24-27 months. It is our goal to complete all substantial construction by Thanksgiving 2021 prior to the holiday season. Work will begin in the 800 block of Main Street at the intersection of Eighth Street and Main Street and will move down the street towards the Twelfth Street intersection. More details about how construction will impact traffic and access will be discussed in a pre-construction meeting in August 2019.
Appalachian Power’s underground equipment on Main Street was installed in the 1930’s. The company will replace the aging system with new wire, transformers, concrete vaults, manholes and grates. This capital improvement project will not only improve the quality and reliability of the electric service, but also will allow for faster restoration times when power outages do occur.
The Main Street Renewal Project is the second phase of the City of Lynchburg’s multi-phased Downtown Renewal Program which will replace and update water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure. After both organizations complete their underground infrastructure upgrades, the City will restore each block with updated streetscape features that encourage an enhanced pedestrian and vehicular experience. Features will include new brick sidewalks, historically-designed streetlights, new trees and plantings, and redesigned parking and loading zone areas.
Project Start Date
The Main Street Renewal Project will begin on Monday, September 16, 2019. This start date is timed to begin after colleges and universities return to Lynchburg and after Get Downtown, a large street festival which will be held on Main Street.
8th & Main
First Block of Construction
Work will begin in the 800 block of Main Street, near the intersection of 8th & Main. Construction will move down the street towards the intersection of 12th & Main.
Total Joint Investment
The City of Lynchburg and Appalachian Power are investing $17M into Main Street’s underground water and electrical infrastructure. This funding also includes the extensive, above-ground streetscaping that will be completed after new utilities are installed.
About a decade ago, the City of Lynchburg identified the need to proactively replace downtown Lynchburg’s underground water utilities. With waterlines dating to the mid-1800s, these upgrades are necessary for continued and sustained development in Downtown Lynchburg. At the same time, it was decided that as long as we were disrupting businesses with construction, we should also provide an entirely new and beautiful above-ground experience for pedestrians and motorists. Fifty city blocks were identified for renewal between Court Street and the James River, spanning Fifth Street to Thirteenth Street. In April 2016, the City broke ground on Phase I of this extensive Downtown Renewal Program, and began work on Church and Main Streets between Fifth and Eighth Streets, as well as on Seventh Street between Church and Main Streets. Completed in October 2017, over 3,500 feet of new water line, 37 new valves, 22 storm structures, over 4,000 feet of electrical conduit to serve new street lights, and 3,000 feet of new information technology conduit were installed in this 17-month project. Importantly, Phase I was completed on time and under budget, with over $1M returned to the City’s budget for work on other projects. Future phases of the program will be announced at least one-year prior to construction.
Phase I Project Photos