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Council Approves $16 Million for Emergency Road Repairs

The Indianapolis City-County Council approved $16 million in emergency road repairs Monday night.

The council approved the appropriation by a vote of 25-4.  The money comes in addition to the $8 million approved last month for repairs needed because of severe winter weather damage.  The combined money will go toward major thoroughfares in the city and county that the Department of Public Works says are in desperate need of repair.

Republican Councilor Jeff Miller, who supported the proposal, says the council must also come up with a plan to address residential streets.  He cited Mayor Greg Ballard's Rebuild Indy 2 proposal, which has yet to be discussed in the council, as a possibility to do that.

DPW Director Lori Miser says the money for these emergency repairs is just a drop in the bucket compared to the total amount they need to fix streets across the entire city.  She also said Rebuild Indy 2 would allow the city to leverage federal money to assist them in accomplishing their goal.

Miser says it may take a few months for these repairs to go into effect, however DPW is working as quickly as possible to get going.

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