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City officials Monday unveiled a detailed schedule of more than two years of planned road and sidewalk closures along Main Street as crews prepare to replace aging infrastructure in the heart of downtown Lynchburg next month.
Officials said the schedule, which will be updated regularly online, will allow business owners and visitors to better navigate the construction zone, but they warned the forecast could change after work begins in earnest.
“[The schedule] will evolve over the course of time as we run into things that were not foreseen,” Jim Talian, the project manager for the city, said at a community meeting at the Holiday Inn on Main Street.
The estimated $17 million renewal project is the second phase of the city’s downtown water line replacement and streetscape project and will involve work on Main Street between 8th and 12th streets as well as on 10th Street between Church and Main streets.
Appalachian Power Company approached the city last June with an opportunity to partner on updates to underground electrical infrastructure, streetscape improvements and replacement of century-old water lines. APCo will conduct additional work on portions of 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th and 13th streets.