Traffic Alert – Issued 10/25/17

10.26.17

Traffic Alert

OCT 26th
DOWNTOWN
ROAD CLOSURES
MSD FLOODGATE (FLOODGATE PRACTICE
CLOSURE ON THURSDAY
10AM - NOON)

Dates Affected: October 26, 2017 10:00 am - October 26, 2017 12:00 pm

DOWNTOWN ROAD CLOSURES

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017

MSD will practice closure of the floodgate at Second Street and River Road — the east side of the KFC YUM! Center.

Second Street between Witherspoon Street and River Road will close to traffic from 10AM-Noon on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

LOUISVILLE, KY (October 25, 2017) – MSD is required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to practice installation or closure of all openings in the flood protection system every three years. This closure is the only “swing gate” in that system.

Louisville Metro’s Ohio River Flood Protection System exists to keep the river at bay and out of the city. The system includes:

  • 29 miles of floodwall and earthen levee
  • 315 floodgates
  • 79 floodwall closures
  • 16 flood-pump stations

Flood-pump stations move inland water from creeks and streams to the river when the floodwall and levee are sealed. This system stands ready to safeguard our community every day of the year.

MSD staff tests the pump stations monthly to ensure that they function properly. In times of flooding, information collected from our network of rain gauges, customer calls and area monitoring allows us to direct resources to the most severely affected areas.