Frankfort Avenue Main Replacement Project

Frankfort Avenue Main Replacement Project

Historic Water Main Improvement

In August 2021, Louisville Water Company began a one-year project near the Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant to replace one of its oldest water mains and install additional pipes to deliver more drinking water. The Frankfort Avenue Main Replacement Project will increase the size and reliability of critical water mains near the treatment plant. This $16.6 million investment includes work on Frankfort, Stilz, and Reservoir Avenues.

This is a complex project in a busy, vibrant neighborhood. Detours and road closings, though inconvenient, are all part of installing large water mains in high-traffic areas. Residents and business owners will routinely be kept up to date as the work progresses.


Project Overview

Louisville Water reopened Frankfort Ave. to two-way traffic on Thursday, August 11.


We are approaching the completion of this project, but we still have critical work to finish.  Crews finished the bulk of the water main work on Frankfort Avenue.  We opened two lanes of traffic (one eastbound and one westbound) on Thursday, August 11. We have remaining work on Reservoir Avenue. Crews will finalize the sidewalk construction between Stilz and Reservoir.  We expect to reopen Reservoir Avenue by the end of September, with the final restoration complete in October.

Frankfort Avenue restaurants and businesses remain open. We greatly appreciate your understanding during this project.

 


A History of Innovation

Nearly a century and a half ago, installation of a new 36-inch diameter main, was part of a larger project that included plans to build the Crescent Hill Reservoir. The growing city needed better water pressure and fire protection.

With the installation of the water main in 1879 and the completion of the reservoir, Louisville Water became one of the first and largest businesses in the Crescent Hill area. It would be many more years before the neighborhood blossomed into the he beautiful, lively area we know today.


Why is the Construction Necessary?

The Frankfort Avenue Main Replacement Project is a critical part of Louisville Water’s distribution network. The 1877 main has lived a good life, delivering water for 144 years. New, larger mains will provide additional supply lines and more flexibility to move and reroute water to customers when and where it’s needed. The Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant is the largest water treatment plant in Kentucky and produces most of the drinking water for Louisville Water customers (The B.E. Payne Water Treatment plant is the company’s other facility.) Infrastructure investments like these, in and around Frankfort Avenue, ensure the continued delivery of safe, reliable, high-quality water to nearly one million people every day.


Community Involvement

Community engagement is important. This is a large project and the immediate neighbors and those who travel along Frankfort Avenue will be kept up-to-date through mailings, social media, emails, media briefings, and virtual/face-to-face meetings.


Questions

Project Engineer: Andy Williams, awilliams@lwcky.com, 502.569.3600, ext. 2219
Government Affairs: Vince Guenthner, vguenthner@lwcky.com, 502.569.3600, ext. 2107