Downtown Lynchburg businesses work around work zones


THE CITY IS REPLACING ALL DOWNTOWN WATER LINES … AND WHILE CREWS ARE AT IT THEY’LL UPDATE SIDEWALKS. THE IDEA IS TO BRING MORE FOOT TRAFFIC TO AREA BUSINESSES. HOWEVER … IN THE MEANTIME … AS WSLS 10’S ANGELA HATCHER EXPLAINS … THE CONSTRUCTION IS FORCING SHOPS TO GET CREATIVE. THE ROAD AHEAD WILL BE ROUGH IN DOWNTOWN LYNCHBURG. THE INTERSECTION OF 8TH AND MAIN IS JUST THE START. CRYSTAL HALL/DOMINO’S – “MY GPS ROUTES IT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION.” DOMINO’S DELIVERS PIZZAS FROM THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN. GENERAL MANAGER CRYSTAL HALL SAYS THE CONSTANTLY MOVING CONSTRUCTION.I N 6 DIFFERENT SPOTS FROM NOW UNTIL JUNE. HAS DRIVERS THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX. CRYSTAL HALL/DOMINO’S – “CUSTOMERS WE HAVE WE HAVE REPEAT CUSTOMERS. IF THERE’S LIKE A SPECIAL INSTRUCTION THEY’LL LET US KNOW HOW YOU CAN’T GO DOWN THE STREET IT’S BLOCKED OFF OR SOMETHING.” THERE ARE EMPTY STOREFRONTS… BUT SOME BUSINESS OWNERS ARE HOPEFUL OPENING MAIN STREET TO TWO WAY TRAFFIC WILL MAKE THE AREA MORE ATTRACTIVE TO CUSTOMERS. ANGELA HATCHER/REPORTI NG – “WHEN THE CITY FINISHES WITH THE CURRENT STREETSCAPE PROJECT NEXT UP IS THE MAIN STREET BRIDGE OVER THE EXPRESSWAY. THEY PLAN TO TEAR IT DOWN AND REPLACE IT. AND IT WON’T BE FINISHED UNTIL NOVEMBER 2018. ” ASHLEIGH TAYLOR/ACCENTS FLAG AND GIFTS – “SO WE WILL BE IMPACTED THROUGH TWO FOURTH QUARTERS.” FAMILY OWNED ACCENTS FLAGS AND GIFTS HAS BEEN ON MAIN, JUST OFF THE EXPRESSWAY FOR 27 YEARS. MANAGER ASHLEIGH TAYLOR PLANS TO STEP UP THE STORE’S SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE. TAKING CUES FROM BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE CURRENT WORK ZONES. ASHLEIGH TAYLOR/ACCENTS FLAG AND GIFTS – “A HAIR SALON DOWNTOWN THEY ARE POSTING AN EXACT DIRECT ROUTE AND WHERE TO PARK FOR THAT WEEK EVEN THOUGH IT MIGHT CHANGE THE NEXT.” CHANGE CAN BE GOOD. SO SOME ARE TRYING TO LOOK BEYOND THE MESS AND INCONVENIECE TO THE END OF THE ROAD. ASHLEIGH TAYLOR/ACCENTS FLAG AND GIFTS – “I THINK DOWNTOWN IS ON THE CUSP OF MORE REVITALIZATION AND PART OF THAT IS THERE ARE GROWING PAINS.” IN LYNCHBURG, ANGELA HATCHER, WSLS 10.

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