Section of Lexington Road shuts down for MSD project

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A busy intersection connecting the Highlands to downtown Louisville will shut down for the summer.

Drivers who use Baxter Avenue to travel downtown will soon run into some roadblocks where the street intersects with Lexington Road. The intersection at Baxter Avenue and Lexington Road will close Tuesday of next week and could remain closed for more than two months.

Construction began Monday shutting down a section of Lexington Road between Baxter and Hamilton Avenues.

MSD is installing sewer pipe that will eventually help prevent sewer overflows that spill into Beargrass Creek. MSD says it has worked out a detailed plan with the contractors to get the work done as quickly as they can.

MSD spokesperson Sheryl Lauder said, "They will be working weekends and they will be working extra extended hours, so that we can get in and get out of here as quickly as possible.”

During the construction, there will still be local access to businesses, homes and parking lots in the area.

Drivers coming down from the Highlands can take East Broadway to Chestnut Street to connect with Baxter Avenue again.

The closure is scheduled to last through August 7, but MSD says that is a worst case scenario and it hopes to have the project done and the intersection open earlier.

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

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