Sewer Extension Project Preliminary Project Development
About the Project
Lynchburg Water Resources is currently working on a preliminary design for sewer improvements in your neighborhood. These improvements may provide the opportunity for residents to connect to the City of Lynchburg’s sanitary sewer system in the future, along with improvements to the stormwater and water systems.
In the next months, you may see surveyors in your neighborhood working to gather information in preparation for preliminary design of these utility improvements. Surveyors will be conducting a location survey to gather design information.
The surveyors will gather information on existing utilities, street, and landscaping improvements necessary for the design of the proposed utility improvements. These surveys will include some work on private property to provide adequate detail to enable City engineers to locate the best route for proposed utilities – enabling us to design the most economical, practical, and serviceable public utilities for your neighborhood.
It is important to remember that the presence of a survey field crew on your property does not necessarily mean that any construction will be required on your property. The City will evaluate several potential locations and then select the one best suited to meet project objectives. In addition, off-site survey information is necessary for the preparation of the construction drawings.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a survey?
Field crews use a variety of electronic and manual equipment to develop a geographic plan or map of existing land conditions and improvements. Information typically collected includes: terrain elevations, drainage features, utility locations, land improvements, property boundaries, rock and soil conditions, vegetation and trees, and other physical features.
2. Why is the survey being made on my property?
Surveys help in deciding the best location for new utilities, help locate existing utilities, identify property improvements, and ensure that the most up-to-date information related to the project is incorporated into the design.
3. Will the survey field crew damage my property?
Surveyors will make every effort to avoid property damage and will cause as little inconvenience as possible. It is sometimes necessary to clear away grass, underbrush, and other small obstacles to locate existing utilities, property corners, etc., but property disturbance will be held to a minimum.
4.What about the survey stakes and markings?
Survey markers and stakes provide a record for future design and construction work. These should be left undisturbed whenever possible to avoid the need to reconstruct survey information. If the stakes are obtrusive and present a problem, the survey field crew may be able to remove or relocate them after the survey is completed. To report a survey marker inconvenience, please call Lynchburg Water Resources at 434-455-4250.
5. I have a question, who do I contact?
The survey field crews are not in a position to answer questions involving the design of future improvements. If you have further questions concerning the design of this project, please contact Lynchburg Water Resources at 434-455-4250.
6.When will I know if a sewer/storm/water line is planned on my land?
If after careful evaluation the City determines that the best route lies through your property, the City’s Right-of-Way Agent will contact you to coordinate this work.
7. Will other surveys be made?
Additional surveys are not anticipated; however, in some cases it may be necessary for properties to be surveyed again to gather additional information or to verify the findings of the first survey.
Surveyors will take all precautions to avoid damaging your property and will perform work in a courteous and professional manner. Survey field crews can answer only questions involving their own work; they cannot tell you where future utility lines will be located or when the project will be constructed. Project updates will be provided after the survey is completed.
Surveys do not necessarily mean utility lines will need to be constructed on your property. The City will contact you as soon as it is determined that utilities will need to be installed on your property.