LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A months-long traffic change started Friday in downtown Louisville.

Seventh Street will be reduced to just one lane between Main Street and River Road. It will remain that way until the end of November.

Crews will be working to connect a sewer line to the Waterway Protection Tunnel. The project is aimed at preventing sewage overflows into the Ohio River and Beargrass Creek by storing it underground until it can be pumped to a wastewater treatment facility. 

MSD Spokeswoman Sheryl Lauder said the work is crucial and will help protect the environment.

“It’s a benefit for the entire community,” Lauder said. “No one wants to go and have recreation in water that contains sewer water."

That stretch of Seventh Street will be completely shut down the weekend of July 28 and the weekend of Aug. 4.

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