During the 1950s, '60s and '70s -- the period covered by these photos -- Lynchburg and Central Virginia experienced a frenzy of road construction. We may take them for granted, but these projects shape and expand our definition of community. Project by project, straightened curves, widened highways, safer intersections, and all the rest affect everything from public safety to commerce.

Captions on each photo are as they originally appeared, except for parenthetical comments added for the reader's benefit.

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