Fifth Street Utility Replacement and Streetscape


Starting this April of 2018, Fifth Street will be undergoing the final phase of the recent utility replacement and streetscape project.

We know, we know. More construction is not what anyone wants. We are with you! But at the end of these construction efforts, we are left with more beautiful streets and sidewalks, and stronger infrastructure that will serve our community for years to come. 

Over the past few years, you can see how previous streetscaping efforts have attracted new businesses to the area. You can now get a fantastic cup of coffee, have some BBQ, and enjoy locally-sourced seasonal cuisine – all on Fifth Street. 

The next phase of the Fifth Street revitalization project will take place between Jackson and Taylor Streets and along Park Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets. Not only is roadway and sidewalks getting a facelift, but public utilities are going to be improved so that they can keep up with the rapidly growing and developing area.

The Federal Street traffic circle and other utility and streetscape work between Federal Street and Main Street have been completed and create a welcoming environment for new businesses choosing to call Fifth Street home!


During this project, access to Fifth Street will be limited to all vehicular traffic, but don't let that stop you from making your way downtown! Truck traffic can detour downtown via 12th Street or the Lynchburg Expressway, all other traffic can access downtown through 8th street or 12th street!

Getting to your favorite Fifth Street finds won't be hard either! All side streets will be open for pedestrian traffic as well as cars. There is no need to worry as your morning cup of coffee from Fifth Street Grind, or weekend dinner plans at Grey's or Fifth and Federal Station won't be affected by the beautification and revitalization of Fifth Street. 

As we always say....progress is messy! But worth it in the end. Help support these fantastic Fifth Street businesses by visiting them during construction. We'll see you there!

Looking for more information? 

View the Virtual Public Meeting created by the City of Lynchburg Department of Water Resources.


Jes Gearing