LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Repair work continues on one of Louisville's oldest and largest water mains running along Eastern Parkway, and crews are using unique technology that allows the road to remain open.  

The Louisville Water Company is replacing the 80-year-old water main -- one of Louisville's oldest and largest.-- without closing or digging up the entire street.

The process is called slip-lining, and it allows crews to put a slightly smaller steel pipe inside the original larger water main. This technology allows crews to rip up only a small section of the road, keeping it open during the repairs. 

"One of the best things about this project is that nobody loses water service while we do it," said Louisville Water spokeswoman Kelley Dearing-Smith. 

"We get to preserve the character of this area, and it's really minimal disruption," Dearing-Smith said. "So you'll see these push pits every so often along Eastern Parkway and that means we don't have to dig up the entire stretch."

This is the second year of the $23 million project to repair the 48-inch pipe that was installed in 1930. There have been a number of breaks in that line, including one in April of 2014 that sent water cascading into the streets and into Tyler Park

The project involves repairing 6.4 miles of the main that supplies water for several neighborhoods including downtown, Crescent Hill, the Highlands, Old Louisville and south Louisville.

This phase of the project is expected to wrap up in April.


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