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Downtown Louisville Traffic Alert

Traffic Alert – Issued 07/19/18


Traffic Alert

JULY 20 - NOV. 30DOWNTOWN LANE & ROAD CLOSURES (7th St. between Main St. and River Rd. will be closed or have reduced lanes)

Date(s) In Effect: July 20, 2018 12:00 am - November 30, 2018 12:00 am

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Friday, July 20, 2018 – November 30, 2018

MSD will be conducting sewer line work to make a connection for the Waterway Protection Tunnel, resulting in road and lane closures.

LOUISVILLE, KY – Sewer line work to make a connection for the Waterway Protection Tunnel will begin on Friday, July 20, on Seventh Street. This work will require that Seventh become one lane between Main Street and River Road. This lane reduction will go through November 30, 2018.

Weekend Closure:
Additionally, MSD must close that section of roadway — Seventh Street between Main Street and River Road — over the weekend for a practice of the floodwall closure in this area. MSD is required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to practice each floodwall closure on a three-year rotating basis. This practice will begin Saturday, July 21, and run through Sunday, July 22.

Three-Day Closures
Seventh Street will close between Main Street and River Road for additional Waterway Protection Tunnel work over these three-day periods, Friday through Sunday: July 27, 28 and 29; August 3, 4 and 5.

Patrons of the Muhammad Ali Garage should enter from Sixth Street during these closures.

The sewer line work in the Seventh and Main streets area will allow the capture of sewer overflow points that currently discharge to the Ohio River. The sewer line is part of MSD’s Waterway Protection Tunnel project.

Once complete, the Waterway Protection Tunnel will serve as an innovative way to store Louisville’s excess sewer and rainwater underground until it can be pumped to a wastewater treatment facility. The tunnel eliminates 22 combined sewer overflow points that put more than 351 million gallons of the combined sewer and rainwater into the South Fork of Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River. By the end of 2020, MSD will capture and treat 98 percent of the combined sewer overflow volume in a typical year of rain.

July 20 – November 30, 2018 Seventh Street will become one lane between Main Street and River Road beginning July 20 and remain one lane through November 30, 2018.
July 21 – 22 Seventh Street will be closed to traffic between Main Street and River Road July 21 and 22.
July 27, 28 and 29 August 3, 4 and 5 Seventh Street will close between Main Street and River Road.

The public can keep up to date on the project at LouisvilleMSD.org/tunnel or Twitter with #MSDtunnel. Sign up to receive regular updates on the project at LouisvilleMSD.org/tunnel/newsletter


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