Crews Fixing Highway Drainage Pipes without Disrupting Traffic

Published 07/25 2014 06:12PM

Updated 07/25 2014 06:14PM

It's something we don't look forward to, driving through road construction. But the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is using a technique to repair a popular road in Henderson that will cause little to no disruption to traffic.

Repairs are taking place on KY 351, Zion Rd., and 2nd St. due to 30 to 40-year-old drainage structures that are leaking. A liner is being placed inside the pipe that, when steam is applied, attaches itself to the pipe forming a new barrier.

Not only does this technique save time and money, it also saves drivers from the hassle of finding an alternate route to their destination

"Whenever you cross a road, a side street, or in this case," said Engineering Branch Manager Jason Ward, "the pipe actually goes across the highway in a couple of places. We don't want to have to dig up the highway to replace the pipes when we can just line them and leave everything as it is."

It is estimated that 18,000 vehicles travel this section of road every day. Construction crews plan to have all repairs complete by August 1.

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