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Construction to close part of Lynchburg's Main Street

Construction underway on Main Street (WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Starting Monday and continuing into June, part of Main Street in downtown Lynchburg will be closed to through traffic.

The closure will be from the intersection of Seventh and Main to Fifth and Main as part of the Downtown Utility & Streetscape Project.

The city says crews will be working on sewer lines, storm drains, installing fire hydrants, and hooking up water service.

During the construction, traffic will be detoured to Commerce Street.

According to the city, the circular driveway at the Holiday Inn will remain open with two-way traffic on Main Street between Seventh Street and the entrance for guest check-in.

The city says the hotel's parking garage will only be accessible through the Church Street entrance.

According to the city, the Academy Center for the Arts can be accessed on Commerce Street.

Officials say there will be pedestrian access to the art gallery on Main Street, but pedestrians should use caution in that area.

The city has released the following information on detours and bus service in the area during the construction:

GLTC

  • The GLTC bus stop on the 600 block of Main Street will be out of service during the construction. All passengers should proceed to the bus stop located on the 600 block of Commerce Street.

Route 1 A

  • Will remain on Commerce Street and turn left on Fifth Street to resume route.

Route 3 A and 3 B

  • Outbound from the Transfer Center, from Main Street, will turn right on Seventh Street, left on Commerce Street, and left on Fifth Street to resume route.

Route 5

  • Outbound to Madison Heights, from Main Street, will turn right on Seventh Street, left on Commerce Street, and right on Fifth Street to resume route.
  • Inbound from Madison Heights - the route will not service any part of downtown, and passengers should proceed to the bus stop near Fifth Street and Rivermont Avenue.
  • Church Street between Eighth and Ninth Streets - will convert back to one-way traffic, and is opened to through-traffic with stop signs at the intersections of Seventh and Eights streets.
  • Motorists should expect the road conditions to be bumpy and will need to exercise extreme caution as crews continue to work in the roadway.

This leg of the project is scheduled to be completed June 5.

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