Fifth Street closed for the next 14 months as part of downtown streetscape project

(Lynchburg Water Resources)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Starting Monday, April 23, you will find detours up if you try to go down Fifth Street in downtown Lynchburg.

The City of Lynchburg has begun construction on the Fifth Street Utilities & Streetscape Project.

The road is closed between Jackson Street and Polk Street, while the rest of Fifth Street is open.

From the traffic circle at Federal to the first block at Jackson Street only local traffic with parking for the Adams building and Fifth and Federal will be allowed down.

The first day was for setting up the construction zone, but actual construction will begin shortly after.

The Fifth Street Utilities & Streetscape Project is a 14 month project that is slated to end in June 2019.

The City will be moving up Fifth Street to Taylor Street and also complete the block on Park Avenue between Fifth Street and 6th Street.

They said the purpose is to complete the raw waterline that will bring water from the James River to the College Hill Filtration Plant and complete the new finished waterline that replaces a 100+ year old line on Fifth Street that also services downtown.

The project will also complete streetscape improvements.

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