New South Campus Bridge opens over U.S. 460
In a continued effort to improve traffic flow around campus, Liberty University announced the opening of the South Campus Bridge on Monday afternoon. The bridge crosses over U.S. 460 near the East Campus Athletic Complex and auxiliary parking lots on Liberty Mountain Drive and connects to Main Campus just south of the Residential Commons high-rise residence halls.
The two-lane bridge includes a 14-foot-wide, lighted pedestrian crossing path for those traveling on foot or by bicycle.
The bridge was constructed to give vehicles easier access to U.S. 460 and U.S. 29 South. With the newest addition to Liberty’s master plan, students and campus visitors traveling from East Campus will no longer have to drive through Main Campus to gain entrance to those highways.
The opening of the bridge follows the recent opening of an extension to Liberty Mountain Drive on East Campus which connects to Wards Road near the Chili’s and Lynchburg Regional Airport.
Surveying for the bridge project began in 2016, and construction officially started in February.
In the next few weeks, construction crews will break ground on a new off-ramp just east of the new South Campus Bridge. The ramp will allow drivers to access campus from U.S. 460 East before they get to the Candlers Mountain exit.