Louisville Water has pushed the last piece of pipe in the replacement of an old, 48-inch diameter water main as part of the Eastern Parkway Project. The project replaced 6.4 miles of water main that stretches along Eastern Parkway and Lexington Road. Because most of the pipe sits underneath the roadway, crews used a technology called “slip-lining” where a new, smaller 42-inch diameter pipe is pushed inside the existing water main. This prevents digging up large sections of the roadway.
Now, crews are working inside the new pipe under Lexington Road to weld the pieces together and connect the water main to smaller ones in the area. Next, Louisville Water will repair the roadway and reopen Lexington Road to through traffic in early May. After the big construction phase, there will be some additional clean-up work that will require intermittent lane closures, but two-way traffic will always be in place. Crews will also spend May repairing any landscaping and other highway issues.
Because of the location of the pipe, Lexington Road has been closed to through traffic between Stilz Avenue and Grinstead Drive since mid-February. Residents in this area still have access to reach their homes and the repairs do not impact water service for customers.
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