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Water main work that begins tonight to affect traffic in Louisville

Work expected to be completed Monday afternoon

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2016) — Louisville Water contractors will work throughout the weekend and on Monday along Bardstown near the Gene Snyder to repair and replace sections of a 24-inch diameter water main.

image003Work begins at 7 tonight and is expected to be finished by 3 p.m. on Monday. Roads affected include: Bardstown Road, Bartley Drive, Wingfield Avenue, Cedar Creek Road and Brentlinger Lane. Drivers should be on the lookout for road closures or detours.

Louisville Water discovered a potential problem with the main during a robotic inspection in the spring. Having the opportunity to repair a giant water main like this—before there is a problem—is a recent innovation. New technology that has developed over the past several years allows Louisville Water to inspect these giant pipes while they are filled and delivering water. In the past, it was nearly impossible to check the large pipes because it’s not feasible to empty the pipe of millions of gallons of water.

Louisville Water has more than 4,200 miles of water main and 200 miles of the pipes are larger than 20-inches in diameter. In 2016, Louisville Water will spend more than $21 million dollars to inspect, replace and repair pipes in its system.