City of Lynchburg considers two-way traffic downtown

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LYNCHBURG (WSLS 10) - Lynchburg officials are considering changes to traffic patterns downtown. City leaders have a proposed plan to convert traffic on Church and Main Streets to two-way.

The city council adopted a Comprehensive Downtown and Riverfront Master plan nearly 15 years ago. Officials said it established a long-term direction for downtown. Moving forward, local leaders want to make more improvements to help keep Lynchburg heading in a positive direction.

According to city leaders, two-way traffic was proposed in the original Lynchburg Downtown Master Plan and subsequent studies conducted throughout the country have proven that two-way traffic in downtown areas boost visibility of retail businesses, slows traffic, reduces crime, and creates livable streets. The conversion is being done in conjunction with the Downtown Utility and Streetscape Project. - See more at: http://www.lynchburgva.gov/downtown-utility-and-streetscape-project-two-way-traffic#sthash.9OwWJEK6.dpuf

A public hearing takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the holiday inn, on main street on Monday, May 23rd.