After four years of construction with dozens of lane closures and detours, Louisville Water Company has completed the biggest water main replacement project in the company’s 160-year history.
The “Eastern Parkway Project,” replaced 6.4 miles of water main that stretches along Eastern Parkway and Lexington Road, two of the city’s busiest areas. Lexington Road is now reopened to the public from Grinstead Drive to Stilz Avenue.
“Louisville Water Company has gone above and beyond to keep neighbors aware of the various stages of this massive project,” said Bill Hollander, 9th District Metro Councilman. “While road closings and detours are inconvenient, I’m glad to see proactive investments to make sure we will continue to have reliable, safe, and great tasting water in Louisville.”
The pipe, a four-foot-diameter water main, was installed in the early 1900s and sits underneath and along busy highways and thriving neighborhoods. Instead of digging up highways and removing the old pipe, Louisville Water used a technology called “slip-lining” where crews kept the old pipe in the ground and pushed a new, smaller pipe inside the original pipe. This method preserved the character of the Eastern Parkway corridor. Louisville Water also installed the new pipe without impacting water service.
The large construction phase was finished in May 2020, but Louisville Water will continue to clean-up along Lexington Road. Crews will also repair any landscaping and other highway issues. Additionally, one eastbound lane of Lexington Road at Stilz Avenue remained closed for repair work not related to the Eastern Parkway Project.