New Indiana gas tax will help repair Indy's potholes

Posted at 10:44 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 22:44:22-04

INDIANAPOLIS – By August, Indy drivers may be able to say goodbye to many of the potholes covering the streets.

Starting July 1, those on the road will pay an extra $50 at the gas pump per year to help repave streets. Cities like Indianapolis will get an extra $126 million for repair and maintenance of local roads.

Indy crews have already began filling potholes around the city, but some said their streets have not been touched.

"I can't understand why my street can't get paved. I pay taxes like everybody else,” said Rickey Vaden, who previously worked for the city for 30 years.

State auditors said Indy is set to receive its first bit of funding in August, but neighbors said the potholes need attention immediately.

"If you hit one of the holes too bad, if you have drinks in your car, you'll spill it,” said one resident.

State officials said highways will be addressed first, but the Indiana Department of Transportation plans to develop a list of projects with priority.


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