Eastern Parkway at Baxter Avenue closed to traffic this weekend - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Eastern Parkway at Baxter Avenue closed to traffic this weekend while crews repair water main

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Eastern Parkway at Baxter Avenue will be closed this weekend while crews from the Louisville Water Company continue to make repairs on one of the city's oldest water mains.

All four lanes of Eastern Parkway and Baxter Avenue are expected to be shut down starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. They should reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19. 

Louisville Water is two months into the $23 million project to repair the 48-inch pipe that was installed in 1930 and runs along Eastern Parkway. Since then there have been a number of breaks in the line, including one in April of 2014 that sent water cascading into the streets and into Tyler Park

During this weekend's closure, crews from Louisville Water will work in the middle of this intersection to replace another large section large section of the water main. 

Louisville Water officials say replacing the water main is a complex project because the pipe is located under Eastern Parkway, a historic and developed area of the city. Instead of digging up the entire parkway, crews push a 42-inch diameter pipe inside the larger 48-inch pipe, in a process called slip-lining. 

Since the water main must be empty to install the new pipe, crews can only do the slip-lining in the winter months when water demand is lower.

Because the old main turns, there are sections where crews must cut out the original pipe rather than push it through the intersection. In other instances, the size of the excavation site to insert the new pipe does not allow motorists to safely pass. 

Additionally, Louisville Water will close Eastern Parkway from Baxter Avenue to Bardstown Road from Monday, Dec. 19 to Friday, Dec. 30.  That closure is necessary because the main is located near the center of the roadway, which means inserting a new pipe will require a large excavation site in the roadway.

Customers can get traffic information and detour maps at LouisvilleWater.com or through Twitter @LouisvilleWater. No customers will lose water service during the work.

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