Neighbors hope city will repave street after years of requests

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A neighborhood street on the near south side has been beaten up by truck traffic and left riddled with potholes, but people living there say they have struggled to get the city to fix it.

Bill Lasley contacted FOX59 about Schiller Street, just off South Meridian, which he drives down every day to get back and forth to work. Lasley lives a couple streets over in the small neighborhood connected to the street.

"It’s getting worse and worse and worse," Lasley said.

Despite three years of requests to the Mayor's Action Center, Lasley said the street continued to deteriorate with no sign of paving in sight.

"This whole corner needs to be ... dug up and repaved," Lasley said.

Trucks use the road to get to a recycling plant and the corner they turn on has been beaten up over the years. FOX59 saw a semi-truck cab miss the turn and go all the way down the residential street to turn around.

A spokesperson with Indianapolis' Department of Public Works admitted that the city is unlikely to repave Schiller Street soon, saying in an email "...with its relatively lower traffic volume, it would be harder to justify spending limited funds to reconstruct Schiller Street instead of a more highly traveled roadway."

The spokesperson did say that Lasley and his neighbors should keep reporting the area for pothole patching and potentially strip-patching, since DPW's Street Maintenance Team plans to begin that process soon.

Lasley said he'd like to see the city take action because of the unusual amount of truck traffic and the impact its having on the neighborhood.

"If the city would do their part, I think the neighborhood would do their part in fixing up their houses," Lasley said. "I think people would start taking a little bit more pride."

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