City to use $22.9M in stimulus for street, bridge repairs

The city of Indianapolis announced Tuesday morning that it will spend $22.9 million in federal stimulus money to repair
streets and bridges.

The funding, awarded previously as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
2009, also will help in the creation and retention of about 550 local jobs, the federal government estimates.

“We as a city cannot accept less than the best we can do for every neighborhood,”
Mayor Greg Ballard said in a prepared statement. “This funding will help tremendously as we work
to correct our failing infrastructure in areas that need it most and put hardworking Hoosiers to work.”

Projects are expected to begin in the spring. The city’s Department of Public Works expects
to complete nearly nearly 135 lane miles of paving and 13 bridge projects with the money. 

The projects were
selected based on the frequency of maintenance and repairs in the area, as well as resident calls to
the Mayor’s Action Center.

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