US 501 / US 221 Intersection Improvements Project

The City of Lynchburg is proposing roadway improvements in the vicinity of the intersection of U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive) and U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) to alleviate existing traffic congestion and delay, improve public safety, and accommodate anticipated traffic increases as growth continues to expand in the surrounding area.

Virtual Design Public Hearing Held

A virtual public hearing was held on Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in order to provide updated information to the public.

This type of hearing is held once plans are completed to a stage that all right-of-way limits/lines (including easements), stormwater management basins, noise wall locations, retaining wall locations and construction limits, and major design features are delineated and identified clearly within the parameters of the information known to date. Existing property lines, property owners, buildings, and other topographical data allow easy identification of impacts on properties. Alternate proposals on major design features may be presented.

The Power Point Presentation link is below:

Plans are available at City Hall, Engineering Division, 900 Church Street, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Roll Plot

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Project Area

The study area includes South of Breezewood Drive on U.S. 501, West of Breezewood Drive on U.S. 221, North of RR Bridge on Old Forest Road, West of Old Forest Road/US 501 Intersection, East of Country Place Lane on U.S. 221.

Lynchburg Project Study Area


The purpose of the project is to improve safety, increase capacity, and reduce delays along U.S. 501 and U.S. 221, which currently present some of the highest levels of congestion in the City of Lynchburg. Continued commercial, retail, and housing growth has pushed the intersection over capacity, as exhibited by delays experienced during the peak hours of travel.


View and print the schedule.

501 221 Project Schedule

Public Involvement

A number of public involvement meetings will be scheduled to keep citizens engaged and gather input about the project area. Meetings will be advertised via postcard, email, media outlets, and this webpage.

  • Public Meeting held on October 04, 2018
  • Public Hearing held on October 22, 2019
  • Public Hearing held on October 14, 2021

Project History

An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared that establishes the project purpose and need, describes alternative solutions considered, and identifies potential project impacts, either positive or negative. The EA has been prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), in accordance with FHWA regulations for implementing NEPA and in coordination with FHWA, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and in consideration of input from the City of Lynchburg community.

As described below, the EA is available for review. 

The Environmental Assessment

The comment period for the Environmental Assessment closed on November 6, 2019. All public comments were reviewed by the study team and FHWA and incorporated into a Revised EA, as appropriate.  The EA and supporting technical documents will remain available to review at the following links:


Lee Newland, City Engineer
Email Lee Newland
Phone: 434-455-3950

Dee Dee Conner, Principal Engineer
Email Dee Dee Conner
Phone: 434-455-3928