Calling All Artists

Downtown Lynchburg Association and Riverviews Artspace are seeking design proposals for the “Art on the Fence” project. This project will transform construction fencing around the Main Street Renewal project into public art, turning a challenge into an opportunity for beauty and culture. Artists are asked to submit completed art designs that depict or interpret Downtown Lynchburg.

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The Project

Growth requires growing pains. The City of Lynchburg and Appalachian Power are investing millions into downtown Lynchburg to upgrade its underground utility infrastructure and above-ground pedestrian and vehicular experience. From increased electrical capacity to brand new waterlines to brick sidewalks and street art, we are committed to making Lynchburg an even better place to live, work, and play.

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Construction will impact Main Street between 8th and 12th Streets, as well as 10th Street between Main & Church Streets. All underground water and electrical utilities will be upgraded in this area and the project will transform Main Street into a bustling and thriving downtown core for all those who live, work, and play in downtown Lynchburg.

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At least once a week, we will update the RenewLYH blog with project updates.  These updates may include news releases, meeting announcements, detour maps, and the current schedule of work.  Be sure to visit often for the latest news!

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New Waterline

The waterlines in downtown Lynchburg date back to the mid-1800s.  By replacing these historic waterlines with brand new, larger ones, we will increase capacity for future customers and reduce costly and impactful breaks.


Underground Electrical Vaults

Appalachian Power’s underground electrical infrastructure dates to the 1930s.  These new vaults will provide more reliable power to downtown customers and increase capacity for growth as more buildings are renovated for businesses and residents.



Over the course of our streetscape improvements, we will lay 56,000 bricks in the sidewalk.  As we move toward the future of Lynchburg, we want to honor our past, and these decorative bricks are a key part of celebrating and remembering Lynchburg’s historic beginnings. 


Open for Business

We are committed to partnering with our downtown businesses to support them during this major construction project.  During construction, we will always maintain pedestrian access to businesses and we will work with each business one-on-one to ensure that water and electrical service interruptions are scheduled during the best possible times.  Additionally, we have developed several City and public-private partnership programs to promote the many ways that downtown Lynchburg is open for business.  


Business Liaison

Heather Kennedy of Cella Molnar Associates is your direct contact for all construction-related questions and issues.  The City hired her to work with you, one-on-one, during the project and she will meet with you on a regular basis to ensure that your business needs and concerns are addressed in a timely manner.  


Business Owner Workshops

Beginning in Summer 2019, the City has partnered with the Downtown Lynchburg Association to host a series of small business owner workshops that will prepare business owners for the launch of major construction in September 2019.  Topics will include Surviving Construction, Marketing Your Small Business, and Creating an Engaging Storefront.  

Parking Voucher Program

The City is working to develop a parking voucher program that will offer free parking to downtown visitors who park in the Midtown Parking Deck (910 Main Street).  More details about this program will be announced in Summer 2019.


Cooperative Advertising and Marketing

Our goal is to partner with businesses to ensure that construction impacts are minimal.  The Downtown Lynchburg Association is offering several highly discounted cooperative advertising and marketing opportunities which will help businesses affordably increase customer awareness.