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March 25, 2014

THEIR VIEW: Locals must fend for themselves

Spring officially arrived this week, and city crews have been out patching potholes, county officials deciding which bridges to tag with load limits and, in Indianapolis, department of transportation officials (with the help of state lawmakers) are looking at how to spend the $200 million approved for new road construction by the legislature.

Roads, in one way or the other, dominate discussions on every level of government in Indiana.

As they should, for Indiana’s transportation infrastructure — from city streets to county roads to state highways — is crumbling and there’s not enough money available to pay to repair it.

Winter has received the most blame for the poor conditions of roads and streets, and there is some justification for that.

But roads and streets weren’t in really great shape before winter’s arrival — and haven’t been in good shape in years. They were bad before and have just gotten worse.

Gas-tax revenues have been on the decline, the result of more fuel-efficient vehicles and the discouraging impact higher gas prices are having on driving habits.

So there’s been less money for road maintenance and repairs.

And there are more miles of roads and streets to maintain: the city has added Bierhaus Boulevard and Ford Road, the state Interstate 69.

We’re still not convinced of the value of I-69.

We heard a state representative from the Evansville area laud the interstate’s construction, saying how it was saving him 20 minutes on his trips to Indianapolis.

Seems to us those 20 minutes hardly justify the hundreds of millions of dollars already spent on I-69; the lawmaker could leave home 20 minutes earlier and travel on better state highways if the I-69 money had instead been invested in upgrading and maintaining existing roads.

The three most-important services local government performs are public safety, public education, and public transportation.

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