Indianapolis city leaders announced $167 million in infrastructure improvements Monday to mark the start of the 2021 construction season.
The Department of Public Works will tackle 157 miles of roadway in this year’s program. Projects were announced at a press conference on the Far Eastside where stretches of 21st Street, German Church Road and Franklin Road will receive long needed improvements.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said this year's construction list includes more than streets.
“More than 12 miles of new and restored sidewalks, over seven miles of new and restored pedestrian trails and 11 bridge projects,” Hogsett said.
More than $40 million will go towards stormwater improvements.
District 14 Councilwoman LaKeisha Jackson (D) said the upgrades are great, but Indianapolis needs more infrastructure investment.
“I think what’s most important to note to the public is our city is greatly underfunded by our state,” Jackson said.
Council members said the state’s current funding formula needs to be updated to keep up with the city’s growth and increased traffic.
Officials also reminded motorists to slow down in construction zones as work ramps up.
DPW is currently hiring additional workers.