Taylor Avenue is now closed to through traffic for sewer line work, and Louisville Road Hill is next in line starting in September. Combined, the closures could last for several months.
Construction crews have already closed Taylor Avenue to through traffic from Second Street to Devils Hollow Road. Residents of Taylor Avenue may continue to use it, Sewer Director Bill Scalf said.
The Taylor Avenue project is expected to take four to six weeks. The duration will depend on the weather and what construction crews find when they start digging, Scalf said.
“There are a lot of buried secrets in older communities,” he said.
When that’s finished, crews will continue the project further up the road, closing Louisville Road Hill for up to 10 weeks between Lafayette Drive and Taylor Avenue. The road will be open to emergency traffic only, Scalf said.
The Frankfort Sewer Department will install a new 48-inch storm drain and replace a 14-inch sewer force main to correct a leak.
The new storm drain will move rainwater from the hill directly into the Kentucky River, instead of routing it to the city’s combined sewers in South Frankfort. Smith Contracting is overseeing the project, Scalf said.
The $1.18 million project is part of an agreement between the city and state Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet to improve local sewer systems.
The city will spend up to $70 million over a 15-year period to eliminate storm water sewer overflows, submit a long-term control plan for its combined sewer overflows and eliminate prohibited discharges from the wastewater collection system.
In the coming weeks, Scalf said the Sewer Department would continue to notify residents and businesses about the road closures.
He said South Frankfort residents and visitors still have several ways to get to and from the west side of town, including Lafayette Drive and Old Lawrenceburg Road.
During the second phase of the project, drivers could also take Taylor Avenue to the East-West Connector, he said.