A recently discovered sewer cave-in has forced Louisville MSD to reduce traffic on Main Street in the midst of other repairs to the same sewer line underneath the street.
The cave-in was found when video from a remote-control camera placed into the line for inspection revealed a hole in the side of the pipe. Debris, including abandoned pipes, have fallen into the large sewer line from this hole.
The cave-in wasn’t present when MSD last inspected this portion of the pipe on June 21.
Work is underway to repair a broken sewer pipe that runs under the middle lanes of Broadway at South Preston Street. This three-layer brick sewer installed in 1866, has experienced similar failures in different locations as recently as 2015, 2014 and 2009. The five center lanes of Broadway have been blocked to traffic, leaving one eastbound and one westbound lane open in the area.
There is no disruption of sewer service in the area during the repair.
Innovative approach to repair one of city’s largest sewer lines will reduce impact to downtown business and tourist area
60-year-old sewer line under Main Street experienced cave-in last year
MSD has developed an innovative approach to repair a major downtown sewer pipe at risk of a cave-in. The repair plan will largely occur underground and prevent closing and excavating sections of West Main Street, a busy commercial and tourism corridor.
While MSD recently announced a $20 million repair to one of Louisville’s largest sewer lines under Main Street at risk of a cave-in, our crews serve thousands of smaller work orders per year across the community for other sewer cave-ins that often go unnoticed.
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