Broadway near Baxter Ave. remains closed after water main break

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 5:45 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WHAS 11) -- A water main break has shut down a portion of Broadway after it caused a sinkhole in the middle of the roadway.

A shocking sight for the residence who live nearby. “I just saw a big hole in the street,” one man, said.

The break happened around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, on Broadway between Baxter and Barrett Avenues. The water caused a portion of the road to collapse. That part of Broadway is expected to remain closed until at least tomorrow afternoon.

The sinkhole is about 5 feet deep and 25 feet long.  According to Louisville Water Company, there is more than 4,000 miles of pipes under the city and the break is pretty common.

“We are over 150 years old and so when you have infrastructure of that age main breaks happen all the time,” Vince Guenthner with Louisville Water, said .

Guenthner says the city deals with a break nearly every day. 

The biggest issue for many was the traffic detour.

“It’s definitely affecting traffic. There’s been a high rate of traffic going by my house all day,” David Rados, said.

Louisville Water Company said every year they spend millions to keep the city’s infrastructure updated in order to try and prevent the water main breaks.

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