7D: Regional Infrastructure Maintenance Funding
Fundamental infrastructure like roadways, bridges, and related transportation infrastructure contributes significantly to the daily experience of residents and community perception of visitors. The funding necessary to keep these assets well maintained is both inadequate at the aggregate level and inequitably distributed at the local level. We support efforts to advocate for sustainable and equitably distributed regional funding sources to maintain this critical infrastructure.
Value to the CommunityThe condition of Indy's local streets is a common concern of residents. With state or federal funding sources like gas taxes not equitably accounting for the maintenance costs of Indy's more heavily traveled thoroughfares, it presents a frequent funding dilemma for local government.
Value to the Hospitality IndustryThe condition of Indy's streets contributes to a visitor's perception of Indy as a vibrant destination, particularly for those driving to the city and for those traveling to non-downtown attractions. In addition to negative perceptions for visitors, potholes, emergency road closures, antiquated signal infrastructure, and inadequate winter maintenance can impact staffing as employees are delayed by unexpected and unnecessary transportation issues.
- September 2023. New Funding to Fix Residential Streets. City-County Council approved the Department of Public Works request, resulting in $25 million to fix Indianapolis residential streets. The objective is to address repairing, redesigning, and filling potholes in neighborhoods, not on throughfares.
- Partnerships Under Development