Louisville Water is two months into a project to replace one of the oldest water mains in its system, a 1930 pipe that runs along Eastern Parkway. This weekend, December 16, the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Baxter Avenue will be closed to traffic. Louisville Water will work in the middle of this intersection to replace a large section of the water main.
Following the weekend work, Louisville Water will close Eastern Parkway from Baxter Avenue to Bardstown Road. Replacing this water main is a complex project because the pipe is located underneath Eastern Parkway, a historic and developed area of the city. Instead of digging up the entire parkway, crews push a 42-inch diameter pipe inside the larger 48- inch pipe. Because the old main turns, there are sections where crews must cut out the original pipe rather than push it through the intersection. In other instances, the size of the excavation site to insert the new pipe does not allow motorists to safely pass.
That’s the case for these closures. Because the original water main turns and crosses Baxter Avenue, Louisville Water needs to close all four lanes of Eastern Parkway and Baxter Avenue to safely install the new water main. To minimize the traffic impact, Louisville Water will limit this work to one weekend. Eastern Parkway and Baxter will be closed starting Friday December 16 at 8:00 pm to 5:00 amTuesday, December 20.
Additionally, Louisville Water will close Eastern Parkway from Baxter Avenue to Bardstown Road from Monday December 19 to Friday December 30. While we won’t dig up this entire stretch of Eastern Parkway, the main is located near the center of the roadway which means inserting a new pipe will require a large excavation site in the roadway. More traffic information and detour maps can be found here or through Twitter @LouisvilleWater. No customers will lose water service during the work.
Louisville Water is on a tight schedule to install the new water main. Crews are doing the work over the winter months because this is the only time Louisville Water can safely take the large water main out of service without impacting water quality and service, pressure and fire protection.
MORE ABOUT THE EASTERN PARKWAY PROJECT Louisville Water will repair 6.6 miles of the Eastern Parkway water main in a three-year, multi-phased project. An engineering solution allows Louisville Water to repair the main, preserve the character of the Eastern Parkway corridor and not disrupt water service for thousands of customers. The project involves an engineering process called slip-lining that eliminates the need to close the entire thoroughfare during the repairs. The project will create traffic detours but customers will not lose water service while the new main is put in place. This is the largest water main repair project in Louisville Water’s 156-year history. Phase 1 will conclude mid-April 2017 and includes replacing 2.2 miles of water main running from Eastern Parkway and Beargrass Creek near Poplar Level Road to Grinstead Drive near Lexington Road and Cherokee Park.