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Lynchburg-area drivers may have a reason to celebrate this summer. A funding plan for the notoriously congested intersection of U.S. 501 and U.S. 221 is back on track after the Commonwealth Transportation Board recommended allocating $16.7 million for the project in a meeting this month. The board will take a final vote on the project during its June meeting.
When the Virginia Department of Transportation released draft recommendations for Smart Scale funding earlier this year, the key regional intersection did not score well enough to receive state funding in the $23.8 million allocation for the Lynchburg District.
The city has applied for funding for the U.S. 501 and U.S. 221 intersection improvements in each Smart Scale cycle since the program’s inception in fiscal year 2017. City officials started looking at improving the intersection in 2006.