Indiana steps up efforts to repair crumbling roads
The extreme cold weather and all the snow has wreaked havoc on area roads, but the state has a new plan to repair all the potholes.
With more than 30,000 lane miles to tend to, INDOT has a lot of potholes to fill and it is asking for your help in finding them.
"We are asking Hoosiers to report potholes," Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday.
"We have set up a Twitter account and our website, so people can fill out our web form where they are seeing potholes and where we need to report," said Ryan Gallagher, INDOT.
INDOT crews were already attending to those potholes on Thursday. One crew was putting down hot mix on US 135 south of Indianapolis.
"The pothole surge will be targeted. We will run alternate 12-hour shifts on weekdays and weekends to repair as many potholes as possible, as quickly as possible," Pence said.
The governor says the state has already spent $2.9 million fixing potholes and he says money for this surge is already in the budget. Workers have already put in 81,000 man hours filling potholes and they have been put on notice about what is to come.
"If I asked you to fill every pothole in two days, that is the kind of effort you need to put forward to get this done," Gallagher said.
"That will include alternating 12-hour shifts, supplemental crews and additional hours to address the problem," Pence added.
A lot of this will depend on the weather. The state obviously needs time to get the job done.
Pence also says the state will encourage asphalt companies to make more mix available to municipalities and the state during this time of need.
INDOT explains the challenge. They have to maintain 30,000 lane miles amid repeated snow events. The same pothole can require "ongoing maintenance" even after being filled with cold patch.
More statistics from INDOT:
For every dollar invested, research estimates that pavement preservation saves taxpayers $6 to $14 in future maintenance and construction costs. So far this fiscal year, INDOT has spent about $2.9 million, expended about 81,000 employee man hours, and used about 6,900 tons of material.
In the past several years, INDOT has been expanding its pavement preservation program to improve pavement friction and seal cracks before potholes form. Specifically, during fiscal year 2013, INDOT performed crack fill/seal operations on 5,919 lane miles as well as chip seal operations on 1,514 lane miles of state highways and also worked to apply a thin overlay surface treatment on an additional 371 lane miles.