By Eric Levy
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 17, 2014) -- Some relief is coming to those bumpy roads in Indianapolis.
The Department of Public Works is tearing up many of them, and putting down fresh pavement.
"This is real street resurfacing, which is a long term solution," said Stephanie Wilson, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works.
The agency is spending more than $4 million to get rid of the broken roads and smooth them out with new pavement. E. Alabama St. between 16th St. and E. St. Clair St. is one area being given a face-lift right now, and it needed it.
"We definitely don't want to ignore the problem. We want to take care of all of the problems that are out there, so, we try to manage the resources that we have to utilize them as well as we can and spread them out as well as we can," Wilson said.
Waterway Blvd. near 16th St. on the west side is also nice and smooth with fresh asphalt. Other streets like N. Pennsylvania St. between 16th St. and North St. and Capitol Ave. from 30th St. to 38th St., DPW contractors have plans to fix those this year. Drivers are looking forward to more, but are happy with the work done so far.
"Hooray," said Randy Pulliam. "I was excited, I couldn't wait, and they did it so quick, too, I was pleased on how quick they did it."
"I think it's been a long time coming, I guess, because this was such a rough winter, but I'm thrilled that they're getting around to it before it gets worse after this winter," said Ariel Tyring.
There's another winter not far from now, so timing is everything.
"The more we can get done this year protects those roadways for another harsh winter, whatever we can't get done this summer, this construction season, is going to go back through another harsh winter. None of us really want to think about what condition the roads are gonna be in if we let them sit," Wilson said.
The 15-thousand reported potholes at the height of the season is now down to just under 100.