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    US 501 and US 221 Intersection Improvement 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 congestions and delay, improve public safety, and accommodate anticipated traffic increases as growth continues to expand in the surrounding area.

    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: 

    EA Appendices

                   o   Chapter 1: Purpose and Need
                   o   Chapter 2: Alternatives
                   o   Chapter 3: Environmental Consequences
                   o   Chapter 4: Coordination and Comments


    A Public Hearing was held on the following date and location:

    October 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
    City Hall, Council Chambers
    900 Church Street
    Lynchburg, VA  24504
    Prior to the public hearing, there was a project viewing session from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. outside Council Chambers for the public to review the alternatives, ask questions of staff, and provide written comment. Project information will be presented at the 7:30 p.m. public hearing and comment cards will be available. Please note the public comment period closed on November 6, 2019, or 15 days following the public hearing.


    To submit comments online, please click the, CaretoComment?   Please note the public comment period closed on November 6, 2019.


    EA Available for Comment
    September 20th
    Location Public Hearing
    October 22nd
    Comment Period Closed
    November 6th


    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.


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

    Transportation Engineer
    Don Deberry (239) 565-8638 or ddeberry@pennoni.com