Lynchburg officials to close parts of 5th Street for streetscape project

Third phase of Fifth Street Streetscape Project starts in March

By Magdala Louissaint - Lynchburg Bureau Reporter

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Next month people who travel along Fifth Street in Lynchburg will find the road closed. 

City official say they are starting their third phase of the Fifth Street Utility and Streetscape Project from Jackson Street to Park Avenue. The city's original plan was to close one lane for traffic.

But they received interest from one contractor and one bid of $4.07 million, which is about $1 million more than what they estimated.

“It was not our hope. We had obviously had a lot of feedback from our business owners. Obviously they don't want the street to be closed but unfortunately, we're just gonna have to go in and work was quickly as we can to get out. And also work with the business owners to make sure that we’re impacting their businesses as little as possible," Jes Gearing, public relations coordinator for Lynchburg City Water Resources, said.

The city will host a public meeting before construction begins March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Fifth Street Baptist Church.

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