LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Traffic being diverted for the next four to five days while MSD responds to a giant sink hole on Phillips Lane.
A stretch of the road is partially closed between Freedom Way and Preston Highway because of the massive hole caused by a four foot leaking pipe underground.
Only the left lane of the road is blocked, so you cannot turn right when you're getting off the Watterson at the exit to the fairgrounds.
"We have a 48 inch line there and it had a leak in it and it undermines the ground, and then over time the ground gives way and that's where sink holes often come from," Dennis Thomasson with MSD said.
The bigger the pipe, the bigger the hole. This one is about 30 feet long, 19 feet wide and 18 feet deep. Thomasson says it will take between four and five days to repair the pipe, fill the hole, and have Phillips lane operating normally.
"We have crews that do this all the time, the folks that were on scene there this morning, that's their primary job."
MSD crews have been on scene monitoring traffic. MSD says the rain didn't cause the sink hole, but the agency is no stranger to how to handle the additional water flow.
"We haven't had an abnormal number of calls, we monitor rain events and we track rain events all the time, we've been doing this for a long time and this is not anything abnormal for us."