Highland water main replaced, intersection still closed - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Highland water main replaced, intersection still closed

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The intersection of Eastern Parkway and Baxter Avenue on Thursday The intersection of Eastern Parkway and Baxter Avenue on Thursday
Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- The massive water main that broke Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Baxter Avenue has been replaced. The intersection remains closed.

The 48-inch diameter water main broke around 1 p.m. Thursday, sending around five million gallons of water into the streets. 90 minutes later, the weight of rushing water caused the entire intersection to collapse.

Thursday afternoon and into the evening, crews worked to find the main that was broken.

"It's a tricky process because at this intersection we have a series of water mains that come together and there's a lot of infrastructure in the area-- a lot of utilities-- in the area, so it's very tricky to get to that main," said Kelley Dearing-Smith of the Louisville Water Company Thursday.

The water main is buried four to six feet below the intersection, making the initial phase of repairs difficult.

The Louisville Water Company said their crews worked throughout the weekend, round-the-clock to make repairs. Neighbors say they are eager to see the road re-open, but the constant sound of construction work is getting old.

"It's a little annoying because it's always noisy," said Ronald Fraze. "We can't do anything about it. No body to complain to. We just have to put up with it."

Fraze has been watching the progress of the project since Thursday. 

"I thought it would probably take a lot longer than that," said Fraze regarding what he calls a relatively quick repair.

"They laid all of this [pavement] so far today, they've got a lot more to lay too," said Fraze as he watched the repairs Sunday afternoon. "I just hope they have time."

The Louisville Water Company said the intersection will remain closed through Monday morning. 

Dearing-Smith said crews still need to paint road stripes, make sure traffic lights work, and perform cleanup before the intersection can re-open.

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