LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Construction on a sewer pipe will shut down parts of Lexington Road for most of the summer. 

The Metropolitan Sewer District said in a release that, starting Monday, May 21, a section of Lexington Road between Hamilton and Baxter Avenues will close to traffic. But access will remain open for homes, businesses and parking lots in the area. 

The intersection of Lexington Road and Baxter Avenue will close on May 29. The road won't reopen until August 7, 2018.

Commuters can expect traffic to detour to East Broadway and East Chestnut Streets through early August. Residents in the area should receive a flyer detailing the detour. Here is a copy of it:

The closure of Lexington Road comes as a sewer pipe is installed that will go under the roadway. It will handle nine sewage overflow points that currently go in to the nearby Beargrass Creek. The project will eventually connect with the planned Waterway Protection Tunnel. The project will keep sewage overflow from going into the creek and the Ohio River. 

By 2020, the Waterway Projection Tunnel will keep 351 million gallons of sewage and rainfall out of local waterways, creeks and the river. 

The public can keep up-to-date on the project at www.LouisvilleMSD.org/tunnel or Twitter with #MSDtunnel.

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