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Ohio River Tunnel Project

Ohio River Tunnel ProjectOhio River Tunnel Project

This project, which is part of MSD’s program to greatly reduce sewage from overflowing into Louisville’s waterways. Storage basins throughout our city and the Ohio River Tunnel are designed to capture rainwater and sewage, which otherwise can overwhelm the sewer system during rain events and flow untreated into our waterways. The basins and tunnel retain the mixture of rainwater and sewage until the rain subsides and capacity is available, and then gradually release it back into the sewer system. At that point, the water is conveyed to a water quality treatment center, treated and returned to our local streams or the Ohio River.

The Ohio River Tunnel Project will take the place of three proposed basin projects—Lexington and Payne; Story and Main; and, Thirteenth and Rowan streets. The construction of this deep-rock tunnel will be less disruptive—than the construction of the three basins and their conveyance lines—for the downtown business district, Butchertown business district and for traffic in the affected neighborhoods during the two-to-three year construction period. Additionally, the Ohio River Tunnel Project offers the same storage capacity of the three proposed basins for about the same cost.

October 18, 2016 Design Update Meeting October 18, 2016 Design Update Meeting

MSD held a Design Update Meeting on October 18, 2016 at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Building, 2115 Lexington Road, concerning the changes to the Lexington and Payne CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) Basin proposed for the area near Lexington Road and Payne Street.

Advancements in technology now allow the construction of a deep-rock tunnel, which will replace this basin. The Ohio River Tunnel Project offers the same storage capacity of the three proposed basins for about the same cost. 

The FULL video of the October 18, 2016 meeting can be viewed below.

To view overview presentation from the meeting, click the links below.

Announcement Flyer:

October 11, 2016 Design Update Meeting October 11, 2016 Design Update Meeting

MSD held a Design Update Meeting on October 11, 2016 at the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, concerning the changes to the plans for the Story & Main CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) Basin proposed for construction in the area of Story Avenue and Main Street, in the Butchertown neighborhood.  

Advancements in technology now allow the construction of a deep-rock tunnel, which will replace this basin. The Ohio River Tunnel Project offers the same storage capacity of the three proposed basins for about the same cost. 

The FULL video of the October 11, 2016 meeting can be viewed below.

To view overview presentation from the meeting, click the links below.

Announcement Flyer: