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Phase I of the Downtown Utility & Streetscape Project was the 16-month-long replacement of aging water, sewer, and storm utilities in the city’s center along with streetscape improvements. Over 3,500 feet of new water line, 37 new valves, 22 storm structures, over 4,000 feet of electrical conduit to serve new street lights, and 3,000 feet of new information technology conduit were installed.
The project team included 11 sub-contractors and over 120 crew members. Coordinated efforts included 45 businesses and residents, along with the ongoing construction of the Virginian Hotel and the Academy Center of the Arts.
The streetscape portion created wider sidewalks and improved lighting, landscape, benches, trashcans, and crosswalks. Additionally, an antique fire hydrant and plaque were installed at the corner of Seventh and Main streets to commemorate the history of the Glamorgan Foundry in Lynchburg. The restored hydrant is now connected to a 7-inch pipe originally installed in 1828 to move water from a pumping station on the James River to a reservoir at the corner of Clay Street and Seventh Street.
Phase I of the Downtown Utility & Streetscape Project was completed under the projected $8.5 million-dollar construction budget and created an overall pedestrian and business friendly space and sustainable downtown.