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Deteriorating culvert to be repaired, section of KY 22 will close

The 2015 washout prompted KYTC to take a look at a similar structure less than two miles away. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The 2015 washout prompted KYTC to take a look at a similar structure less than two miles away. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The culvert along Kentucky 22 near Springcrest Drive collapsed in 2015. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The culvert along Kentucky 22 near Springcrest Drive collapsed in 2015. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A deteriorating culvert in eastern Jefferson County is about to be replaced. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, or KYTC, said it’s a project that is needed in order to avoid a washout on a similar structure in 2015.

Work will soon begin on KY 22 culvert over Little Goose Creek near Ten Broeck Way. 

KYTC estimates about 12,000 motorists take that section of KY 22 each day. While it may be an inconvenience for a couple months, drivers we talked to said they are glad it is being done. 

It would be hard to forget what happened in the spring of 2015 along Kentucky 22 near Springcrest Drive after a culvert collapsed, closing that stretch for four months. 

The washout also prompted KYTC to take a look at a similar structure less than two miles away. 

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"We started noticing some of stones falling out of the other culvert, which is over Little Goose Creek, earlier this year and began the design plans to get the repairs going," KYTC spokeswoman Andrea Clifford said. 

By August, the bridge continued to deteriorate prompting the state to restrict traffic to under three tons. 

"We put the weight limit on to take off large vehicles, like school buses, semis, other delivery trucks," Clifford said. "We did that so we could keep the roadway open to passenger vehicles while we were finishing up these design plans."

Neighbors said not all commercial trucks are aware of the restriction or see the signs in time to turn around. 

"I think some of these concrete trucks need to really watch out because they might be the ones to break the bridge," neighbor Betty Stoll said. 

That’s why people we talked to said they were glad KYTC is taking a proactive approach. 

"I’m a little concerned about the backups, but I would rather they close the road and fix the culvert before a storm happens," neighbor Bonnie Stone said. 

Starting Monday, crews will begin removing and replacing the existing stone arch culvert. KY 22 will be closed between Goose Creek Road and Hurstbourne Parkway. Traffic will either be rerouted to Goose Creek Road or to Hurstbourne Parkway connecting at Westport Road, depending on your way of travel.

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"It's going to add some time and there is going to be some traffic delays with it, but it is not a lengthy detour," Clifford said. 

Local traffic will have access to their homes on either side of Little Goose Creek. 

The project is expected to take about two months and should be complete by Dec. 1 depending on weather.

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