LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A hole opened up on a heavily traveled downtown street when the top of a 19th century brick sewer line collapsed on Sunday.
Metropolitan Sewer District crews traced the cause to century old construction. The 8-foot brick pipe adjoins a 30-inch pipe that runs underneath Hancock.
"The brick portion was constructed in the late 1860s. It's one of the oldest sewer lines in the City of Louisville. The craftsmanship they used then was excellent and are built to last a long time, but there are rare circumstances when something like this happens,' MSD spokesman Steve Tedder said.
The pipe is buried approximately two feet under the street.
"We find many of these before the pavement is compromised. Every day we're examining and repairing our lines long before the public is affected," Tedder said.
MSD is halfway through an $850 million consent decree to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows and combined sewer overflows. The brick sewer main than collapsed is a combined sewer overflow and is part of the improvement project, according to Tedder.
Even though one lane is open on Broadway, drivers are urged to avoid the intersection at Hancock Street.
"They're excavating today to determine what the repairs will be. We know it will be several days but we don't know how long it will take for the repairs to be completed," Tedder said.
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