Lynchburg invests millions to revamp downtown

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LYNCHBURG (WSLS 10) - Nearly 100 Lynchburg residents and business owners showed up to a meeting downtown Monday to learn about five projects that will be happening over the next few years.

The projects include replacing the city's water lines, which are on average 100 years old.

There will also be new sidewalks and a new Community Market parking deck.

Main Street and Church Street will go from one-way traffic to two-way, and workers will replace the Main Street bridge.

So far, $22 million has been invested, but that does not count the water line portion. 37 blocks of water lines are scheduled to be replaced, at about $1 million per block.

"We hope it will be the best downtown possible," said waterline project manager James Talian. "We think it's going to be a much more vibrant place. There's a huge influx of people there. It's a very changing environment."

Most of these projects are scheduled to end by 2019, but city leaders said the water project will be ongoing for much longer.