Tough winter, potholes strain city’s budget

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The long, cold winter of 2013-2014 is also proving to be a costly one — from burst pipes to pothole-damaged tires — and city budgets are also feeling the pain.

Tuesday morning, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard tweeted:

Department of Public Works spokeswoman Lesley Gordon said that money will come from the city’s capital improvement budget.

DPW crews are working 10-hour days, five days a week filling potholes — 4,368 of them since Dec. 1. So far, almost $314,000 has been spent from the city’s $1 million pothole repair budget.

Some areas are in such poor shape, patching won’t work. So, DPW crews will have to resurface some of the streets entirely.

“Right now we are identifying those areas and making that determination. Some roads will have smaller sections and some will have entire blocks depending on the damage and resources,” said Gordon.

So does the city need more money to pay for all of that?

“The city has been aware of the growing infrastructure need even before this historic winter,” said Gordon. “RebuildIndy helped lessen the impact of the condition of our streets greatly but we still have a number of infrastructure needs. The city is proposing a $350 million investment plan to address these needs that is awaiting council action.”

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