February 28, 2018

Indy City-County Council Makes Step Forward In Addressing Potholes

The city-county council heard a $14.4 million proposal to assist with Indianapolis's pothole problem. - Lauren Chapman/WFYI

The city-county council heard a $14.4 million proposal to assist with Indianapolis's pothole problem.

Lauren Chapman/WFYI

The Indianapolis City-County Council took a step toward sending more than $14.4 million to address the pothole problem.

At a special meeting on Wednesday night, the council heard a proposal to use an emergency fund. This is the first step toward a vote, starting the required 10 days of public notice.

Newly-elected council President Vop Osili says the goal is simple.

“So we can drive in a straight line on a straight street. That is the basic,” Osili says.

He says the money from the council would help the current blitz efforts.

“DPW and a few other contractors that have been contracted to add horsepower are on the roads right now,” Osili says.

DPW reported Tuesday that it has filled more than 17,000 potholes and started strip patching some of the worst sections.

READ MORE: Mayor Hogsett Requests $14 Million To Address Indianapolis Potholes

Last year, the city put that money into a rainy day fund – meant for emergencies. Osili says they had to wait to deploy it.

“One of the reasons we have waited until this particular sort of warming,” he says. “These potholes won’t experience the kind of deterioration – the rapid deterioration – that they have over these last few months.”

A vote on the $14.4 million proposal is expected to take place on March 12.

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