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Butchertown residents blame heavy semi traffic, lack of action by city for partial road collapse

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Established in the early 1800s, Butchertown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Louisville.

Part of a road in the neighborhood has collapsed and residents blame heavy semi traffic.

They also say it’s an issue that could have been avoided.

Residents say they've been warning the city for years that East Washington Street couldn't handle the heavy trucks, but they say their complaints and concerns were ignored.

"Our streets are very old. They weren't designed to carry 18-wheelers or dump trucks full of materials,” said Andy Cornelius.

Cornelius has lived in Butchertown for ten years and says he started noticing more truck traffic and road damage years ago.

"We had some good dialogue for a couple months. Then it just stopped,” he told WDRB.

He sent an email in 2013 to the mayor's office and his respective council person -- warning them the trucks were ruining the road.

He suggested signs be put up to re-route the trucks to a street that can handle the weight.

"I did follow up a couple months later, even a year later and said, 'hey, where do we stand with this?' and there's been nothing but crickets,” he said.

Last week, the road finally gave way, leaving a gaping hole about 5-feet deep.

"I had called Metro Call to come out. It was two hours later and no one had come out. I did express the urgency, that it was a safety issue, that the road was in the process of collapsing,” said Cornelius.

Cornelius put a cone by the hole to warn others until officials could get there.

“The cone was gone because it had caved in and was now 4 or 5-feet below the grade,” he said.

He eventually called Metro Police who responded.

"It's part of the 100-mile loop that goes through the city, so I was definitely worried about having a biker come through there and maybe not see it and take a pretty nasty spill,” he said.

MSD put plates over the hole for a temporary fix.

A spokesperson for the office says they have to do tests to figure out if it's a sewer line.

They aren't sure when it will get repaired, but they aren’t worried about more of the road collapsing.

However, residents not only want the hole fixed, they want action taken that will prevent heavy trucks from using East Washington altogether.

Councilman David Tandy and Public Works had no comment for this story.

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