City council votes to give $8 million to repair roads

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)- The pothole battle between Mayor Greg Ballard and the City-County Council is over. On Monday night, the Council voted 24-5 to give $8 million to the Department of Public Works to repair the roads in Indianapolis.

DPW said more than 3,000 potholes have been reported since December. Some of them are listed as still open.

The battle wasn’t over trying to fill them, but deciding what roads should be repaired or replaced.

Annie Houghton, of Indianapolis, said a stretch of 46th Street and Broadway needs to be totally redone; not just temporarily fixed.

“They swerve around them and so they go head on to another car. You know it happens all the time right here,” Houghton said.

DPW crews attempted to repair them, only for some to come back.

“They did a temporary fix and then it didn’t last and now they are all back. Nothing solid; nothing worked,” Houghton said.

What Houghton said will work is a complete resurfacing of the entire street, but getting that done has been a complete uphill battle.

For 30 days, the mayor and the city council have been fighting on which roads will be fixed.

“In my district, I received zero dollars, three or four other council districts received dollars. So maybe it wasn’t politics, maybe it was just good judgment,” City-County Councilor William Oliver said.

On Monday night, the council approved an additional $8 million in funds in DPW’s 2014 budget. The money will be used for road and street resurfacing projects.

DPW said $24 million is needed to fix all of the city’s bad streets. Amy Harwell just hopes some of the money will be used to replace her street.

“If we can see some it in the infrastructure of Martindale-Brightwood, rebuild Indy. Bring it to Martindale-Brightwood,” she said.

“They’ve got to dig down, they’ve got to go deep and lay a nice foundation,” Luke Reese, of Indianapolis, said.

24-Hour News 8 contacted the Department of Public Works after the Monday night vote to see what streets or roads will see the work first, but they have not yet responded.

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