Louisville Water announces yearlong main replacement project along Frankfort Avenue

This $13.2 million investment is a critical component in ensuring water quality 

LOUISVILLE, KY – In August, Louisville Water Company will begin a one-year project to replace some of its oldest pipes that deliver drinking water. The work for the Frankfort Avenue Main Replacement Project happens near the Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant on Frankfort, Stilz and Reservoir Avenues. Louisville Water will replace a main installed in 1877 and add additional pipes to ensure reliable service and delivery of our high-quality drinking water, Louisville Pure Tap™.  The cost of the project, $13.2 million, comes from the company’s capital budget. Customers will not lose water service during construction.

“The Frankfort Avenue Main Replacement Project is an integral part of Louisville Water’s transmission network,” said Spencer Bruce, President & CEO of Louisville Water. “New larger mains and valves will provide more system resilience and flexibility to move water to customers, when and where it’s needed.”

Video of Fenley Avenue Valve Installation (part of the preparatory work for the Frankfort Avenue Main Replacement Project)

Phase I begins with the installation of a 60-inch diameter main in the middle of Frankfort Avenue. A 36-inch diameter main will be removed. The original pipe was installed in 1877, the same year Rutherford B. Hayes was president and Thomas Edison introduced the phonograph. This video animation provides a glimpse of Louisville Water’s historic beginnings in the Crescent Hill area.

Construction will move west to east from Crescent Court to Reservoir Avenue. Work continues later in the fall with the installation of a 60-inch diameter main from Grinstead Drive to Frankfort Avenue.

In Phase II, slated to begin in early 2022, Louisville Water will install a new 42-inch diameter main at Frankfort and Reservoir Avenues.

It will be easy to spot the work since a large part of the project happens right in the middle of Frankfort Avenue.

“This is a complex project in a busy, vibrant neighborhood,” said Kelley Dearing Smith, Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Louisville Water. “Detours and road closings, though inconvenient, are all part of installing large water mains in high-traffic areas. We’ll keep immediate neighbors and those who travel along Frankfort Avenue up-to-date through mailings, social media, emails, media briefings, and virtual/face-to-face meetings.”

Maintaining the 4,200 miles of water main that deliver Louisville Pure Tap™ is an ongoing investment. Each year, Louisville Water spends more than $80 million on infrastructure investments, and over $30 million of that is dedicated to inspect, replace and repair miles of pipe.

For more information on the project and traffic detours, plus up to date information as it progresses, visit Frankfort Avenue Main Replacement Project.