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Church Street Conversion to Two-Way Delayed (Now Scheduled for Oct. 15)
The scheduled conversion of Church Street to two-way traffic has been delayed this week due to inclement weather. The conversion is now scheduled to take place on Friday, October 15.
Beginning Monday, October 11 through Friday, October 15, work will resume including, new center-line striping and new striping for parking spaces. Centerline striping will be completed under a single lane of traffic; therefore, motorists should expect minor delays. Parking spaces will be coned-off between Fifth Street and Washington Street on the north side for the line painting, and then contractors will move to the south side.
Message boards alerting drivers to the new traffic pattern will be posted at the John Lynch Bridge, on Rivermont Avenue and Fifth Street approaching downtown, and on 12th Street approaching downtown. Signs will also be posted at Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, 11th, 12th, 13th and Washington Streets approaching Church Street noting the change in the traffic pattern.
The purpose for restoring two-way traffic is multifaceted; however, the all-encompassing factor is to create a downtown environment that is more comfortable for pedestrians. The one-way traffic scenario was instituted during a time period when people did not spend time downtown.
Living, working, shopping, eating and relaxing are quickly returning to Church Street and the surrounding blocks. Vehicular traffic now needs to move through the area at much slower speeds, and two-way traffic is an important component in achieving that goal.
The conversion is in accordance with the 2040 Downtown Master Plan adopted by Lynchburg City Council on November 13, 2018.