INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The latest winter storm has moved out, and Thursday, Indiana’s governor outlined the state’s plans to fix potholes.
Now that the snow is off the main roads, drivers are finding themselves dodging potholes. Both DPW and INDOT are boosting efforts to address the deepening problem.
“This is about taking decisive steps to ensure we have the infrastructure within Indiana to support our growing economy,” said Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Pence announced the blitz during a special news conference Thursday afternoon.
He acknowledged how this winter’s weather has really torn up the interstates. To address the problem, INDOT has launched a pothole blitz where crews will work in 12 hour shifts filling potholes.
“The full scale blitz, we believe, is going to be dependent on having a couple of days in a row back to back where we have the ability to not be dealing with what is coming down from the sky but dealing with the impact on the roads,” said Pence.
DPW is also going into pothole filling hyper drive.
24-Hour News 8 watched drivers trying to avoid some tire busters on Kessler Boulevard west of College Avenue.
“We were just talking about that down the road there, it’s pretty bad- pretty bad. They need to get on that,” said one Indianapolis driver.
For the next 5 weeks, DPW will be using a private contractor to augment its own crew of pothole fillers.
Both INDOT and DPW are asking drivers to report potholes.
Drivers can report potholes in the following ways:
- Go online at indy.gov/pothole
- Use the free RequestIndy smartphone app
- Via the Indy Pothole Viewer at indy.gov/indypotholeviewer
- By calling the Mayor’s Action Center at (317)327-4622
For State Roads drivers can report potholes in the following ways:
– By calling 1-866-849-1DOT
– Logging on to www.potholes.indot.in.gov
– Using Twitter @INDOTpotholes