The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), after nearly two years of planning, recently began a 3 month long construction project along Story Avenue in front of our main office, and continuing through several streets in our neighborhood.
The sewer system is currently designed to carry rainwater and sewage. Due to neighborhood growth, and the danger of flooding, MSD has designed a new system to divert rainwater to foliage and nature and away from the sewer system.
This is what is happening now:
- Sections of asphalt along Story Avenue, from Frankfort Avenue to Main Street, are being removed. Permeable pavers are replacing the asphalt. These are designed to look like interlocking cobblestones. They will allow rainwater to seep beneath them and into the earth below.
- Butchertown area downspouts or gutters that tie into the sewer system will be changed so rainwater is diverted toward watering plants, grass and trees.
- Directly in front of The Eye Care Institute, the old street trees have been removed. Much large planter boxes with rainwater storage areas beneath new highly rain absorbent shrubs and plantings are being installed. Rainwater monitoring devices, powered by solar panels, are being installed. Wrought iron tree grates and benches are designed to enhance the new street foliage.
This is a first for any roadway project design in Kentucky. After construction is complete we should have a very handsome streetscape and an innovative system for a better environment.
While traffic has been slow along Story Avenue during the past few weeks, true problems have not emerged. It is estimated that all of this construction is adding about 5 minutes of drive time along Story Avenue.
Thanks for bearing with this us as MSD enhances our drainage system and we become first in Kentucky to use this green method of rainwater reclamation.