LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3)– Several lanes of traffic are closed in downtown Louisville after a 152-year-old sewer line caved in.
Five lanes of Broadway at Preston closed for emergency sewer line repairs around 4:55 p.m. Sunday. The five center lanes of Broadway have been blocked to traffic, leaving one westbound and one eastbound lane open in the area.
Work was underway to repair the broken sewer pipe, which runs under the middle lanes of Broadway at South Preston Street, the MSD said.
The void left by the cave-in was approximately 10-feet by 15-feet by 8-feet deep.
WAVE 3 News is reporting that small breaks left in the joint combined with heavy rain caused a large open space under the pavement.
There are two large water pipes in the area that may complicate repair work. Those lines are being protected during repairs to the sewer line, a statement from MSD said.
Until the money to fund a $4 billion proposed repair plan is secured, Executive Director of MSD Tony Parrott said this job is just another band-aid on a broken system.
There is no estimated completion date at this time.