Pence pitches pothole plan to combat winter's fury

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Gov. Mike Pence has had enough of Indiana’s pothole problem. Citing a need to keep Indiana’s infrastructure and economy intact, Pence unveiled his proposal Thursday to combat the crumbling roads.

“We are initiating a plan to lean into this fight with a strategic blitz that will involve alternating 12-hour shifts, supplemental crews and additional hours,” Pence said.

Indiana Department of Transportation crews have been busy clearing roadways of ice and snow, but now they are being shifted around the state to deal with the aftermath. INDOT Deputy Commissioner of Operations Ryan Gallagher said he and Pence are willing to do whatever it takes to fix Hoosier roads.

“If we have lighting packages we need to move around our districts, we will do that,” Gallagher said. “If we need to rent equipment in order to work and get those areas that are identified for us, we will move those resources to get to those targeted areas.”

However, Pence reiterated that these measures will have a minimal fiscal impact and pothole repairs will be well within the state’s budget.

“We believe our budgets in the Indiana Department of Transportation will allow for us to do this within existing appropriations and we don’t anticipate any make-back, supplemental appropriation at any time in the future,” Pence said. “This is about moving resources forward in the year, and I think it is extremely important that we do it.”

Pence and Gallagher both said potholes have been more prevalent than any other time in recent memory. The continuous freeze-thaw cycle caused by this winter's storms and bitterly cold temperatures has taken its toll on Indiana roadways, leaving the large cracks and divots. While normal asphalt is unable to be used for paving in cold temperatures, the state has employed “cold mix” asphalt and other measures to temporarily smooth out roadways.

While the plan was announced Thursday, Pence said he wanted to make it clear that these measures have already been taken by numerous crews across the state. The long hours and the added strain on resources are two necessary consequences of what Pence deems a worthy effort for Indiana’s future.

“We have the best location in America, but that all depends on us having the infrastructure that can support maximizing the potential of that location,” Pence said. “This is about ensuring that our roadways are passable, but it’s also about ensuring that our economy can continue to grow and to thrive.”



  • Transparency
    In his egotism The Preacher Man feels the commoners should be kneeling and bowing their heads in awe that he "shared". Normally it is "No Comment" or "I don't care to discuss that in public". Transparency in Government! Repaired Pot Holes Save The World!!! Way to go Mikey!!!
  • How About This?
    Mike Pence has made a career of doing nothing. Wait, just HOW many bills did he put forth while in Congress that actually went somewhere? I think it was zero (coincidentally, that's what he is). He is desperately clinging to the hope that showing (1) he LOWERED the taxes here in Indiana in his first year, and (2) he helped promote business here in Indiana by lowering or eliminating business property tax (to the detriment of each and every local government, of which he isn't the least bit concerned) will get him on the presidential ballot short list for 2016. He'd stand a better chance for 1806, based upon his ultra-religious convictions. He's not the least bit concerned with our State, just furthering his career, which is all that he's ever been concerned with.
  • Are any of you surprised?
    He was worthless in Congress. Did nothing. He's useless as governor. IS DOING NOTHING. he is nothing but a welfare queen, wanting to live off of taxpayers forever. He needs to get a real job. Then he'll see where doing nothing will land him.
  • state rods
    Hey all, I think the Gov is talking about State INDOT controlled roads not local streets. That's state highways and interstates. Locals don't repair those!!
  • Let the locals do it
    This is a result of the state's starvation of localities of the ability to generate enough revenue to fill their own potholes. We shouldn't need the state filling potholes - just take away the tax caps (yes, I know they are in the constitution) and let cities have the money they need to function!
  • Get Those Potholes Filled
    I too was struck by the Governor's interest in potholes. I guess it is an easy concept to grasp. But...isn't most of the problem being managed by city officials? I think it is strictly a PR effort to keep him visible and to make him look like he is actually doing something for the taxpayers. This will look good on his Presidential Resume--as Governor, my number one priority was fixing those nasty old potholes.
  • Stop!
    This is just what I want my governor to be focusing on. Potholes. Not sure which is scarier: that he was elected to governor or that he served in congress.
  • True leadership
    Another bold move by our esteemed leader. Is it this guy's goal to simply remain underground until after the next election and hope that the Daniels administration's work keep the state moving forward? This guy was a mistake.
  • Bag The Super Bowl, Plow and Patch Our Roads
    I know where we can find the money we need to make up for the snow removal shortfall and get our roads patched. The millions or so we're wasting bidding on another Super Bowl this city doesn't need. It's Beirut out there. So far, I've spent almost $3,000 on suspension an wheel and tire work and helped 3 people change tires. Add to that whatever my % is of tax dollars wasted on the stadium and the Stupid Bowl and I don't know about you, but we're getting shafted by the jock sniffers in this town. Let's put the money where it belongs...better roads for instance or tossing a bone to our schools and our symphony and the arts and those things that actually do qualify us to be a "big boy" city. Enough already. It's time we get our priorities straight.

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