Paving project three weeks behind schedule


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Officials with the Department of Water Resources say a wet summer has delayed a street renewal project by three weeks.

Contractors have been working on a waterline replacement project on Fifth Street, shutting down traffic since April 15.

The waterline replacement project is part of the Fifth Street Utility and Streetscape Project, which began in the spring of 2018. The project is an upgrade in utility infrastructure around the historic Fifth Street Corridor.

Further delays were caused on June 27 when a waterline break occurred between Court and Church Streets along Fifth Street.

That leak has since been repaired, and the pipe is back in service.

Lynchburg Water Resources says paving for the final intersection of the project, between Fifth and Taylor Street, will begin July 15.

Fifth Street is expected to reopen July 22.

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