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    US 501 and US 221 Intersection Improvements Project

    The City of Lynchburg is proposing roadway improvements in the vicinity of the intersection of US 221 (Lakeside Drive) and US 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.


    The public is cordially invited to join online or by phone for a virtual public hearing on Thursday, October 14, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    This type of hearing is held once plans are completed to a stage that all right-of-way limits/lines (including easements), storm water 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 to properties. Alternate proposals on major design features may be presented.
    www.lynchburgva.gov/501-221 or https://attendee.GoToWebinar.com/register/2219497678810523660
                    } WEBINAR ID:  221-777-387
                    } ACCESS CODE: 591-232-217
                    } You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Those wishing to join the meeting by telephone should call (562) 247-8422.

    Questions and comments will be taken during the meeting from attendees registered online or participating by telephone. Questions and comments may still be submitted through Sunday, October 24 via the website or by sending an email to Heather Kennedy at hkennedy@cella.cc. All correspondence will be posted on the project website after this deadline.

    Those without internet access and who would like materials mailed or for any additional information, contact Heather Kennedy, Cella Molnar & Associates, at
    (434) 528-3041.

    Plans are available at City Hall, Engineering Division, 900 Church Street, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


    Click here to view the roll plot.


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


    The purpose of the project is to improve safety, increase capacity, and reduce delays along US 221 and US 501, 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 in the peak hours of travel.



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    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


    An Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared that establishes the project purpose and need, describes alternative solutions considered, and identifies potential project impacts, either positive or negative. The EA is being 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. There are several ways the public can participate in the NEPA and public participation processes and provide comments on the EA and the project overall.


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


    Cella Molnar & Associates Inc., Public Information
    Heather Kennedy (434) 528-3041 or hkennedy@cella.cc

    City Engineer
    Lee Newland (434) 455-3950 or lee.newland@lynchburgva.gov.com