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Heavy rains, aging infrastructure blamed for collapsed road in downtown Louisville

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A section of the road on Broadway between First and Second streets caved-in Monday due to a collapsed sewer pipe. A section of the road on Broadway between First and Second streets caved-in Monday due to a collapsed sewer pipe.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A section of the road on Broadway between First and Second streets caved-in Monday due to a collapsed sewer pipe.

MSD crews have been working to repair the pipe and pavement.

According to a news release from MSD, the collapse is due to a failure of a smaller pipe that feeds into the 84-inch brick sewer line.

MSD crews completed repair to the pipes late Tuesday night. They spent Wednesday back-filling and preparing the area for paving. Broadway was expected to be open to traffic by rush hour today (Wednesday, August 3),

A paving contractor will put down new blacktop at a later date. 

Portions of this 90-inch, brick sewer that was built in 1867 -- two years after the end of the Civil War -- have collapsed in the past two years. In July 2015, a section at Floyd Street experienced a failure of the main Broadway Trunk Sewer, and in June 2014 a portion at Hancock Street collapsed. Each of these repairs took three weeks to repair.

Fortunately, this most recent cave-in did not directly involve the 90-inch, brick sewer.

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