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    US 501/US 221 Intersection Improvement Project Assessment & Public Hearing

    On Friday, September 20 the City of Lynchburg, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as the lead federal agency, will release the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the US 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) and US 221 (Lakeside Drive) Intersection Improvements Project.  
    Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) as amended, and in accordance with FHWA regulations for implementing NEPA, the EA has been prepared to analyze the potential social, economic, and environmental effects associated with alternative solutions intended to address congestion and transportation deficiencies in the vicinity to accommodate anticipated traffic increases as growth continues in the area. Pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 and 36 CFR 800, information concerning the potential effects of the proposed improvements on properties is also included in the environmental document. 
    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 EA and supporting technical documents are available here

    Printed copies of the EA are also available at the at the following locations for on-site review:

    Public Works Department - Engineering
    City Hall, Second Floor
    900 Church Street
    Lynchburg, VA 24504
    Lynchburg Public Library
    2315 Memorial Avenue
    Lynchburg, VA 24501

    Comment cards and lock boxes are provided at counters at these locations. To submit comments online, please click the “Care to Comment?” link on the referenced website. All comments must be received by Wednesday, November 6 to be considered part of the official records for the project.  

    The public hearing will take place on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, Council Chamber, 900 Church Street. An open house will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall where people can view the draft recommended alternative plans, draft project documents and other project related materials. Representatives will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. The formal portion of the hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include introductory remarks by the hearing moderator, a presentation describing the project and a public comment period. Written comments will also be accepted. All exhibits or statements postmarked on or before November 6, 2019 will become part of the public hearing record.
    Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the civil Rights Act of 1964.  People who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or require translation services (free of charge) should contact Heather Kennedy or (434) 528-3041 at least seven days prior to the meeting.
    For information, contact Heather Kennedy, Cella Molnar & Associates , (434) 528-3041, or visit the project webpage