LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Drivers and businesses alike are preparing for the shutdown of an intersection that helps to connect downtown Louisville to the Highlands.

Beginning on Monday, Lexington Road between Hamilton and Baxter Avenues will close. A week later, the intersection of Baxter and Lexington will close. Both of the closures are expected to last until August.

“There have been a lot of hurdles to get to where we are today and it’s just another big hurdle,” said Keith Hazelbaker, who owns Prohibition Craft Spirits. The business is set to open the week of Memorial Day.

The closure is to install a sewer pipe that will connect nine overflow points that currently allow flow into 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. 

“We'll try our best to work our way around it and let people know we're here but they're going to have to be wanting to come here now and not just passing by,” Hazelbaker said.

Other businesses that are already open, such as Baxter Jack’s and Ward 426, say the closure could negatively impact revenues.

“I have a patio that is very visual and during the summer that's one thing that people can drive by and see,” Ward 426 owner Nirmesh Agrawal said.

The closures are expected to last until August 7.

A detour will be created to East Broadway and East Chestnut Streets.

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