Legislature Approves $800 Million to Improve Poor Roadways in Indiana
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Mar 14, 2016 in Car Accidents
In recent news, the federal government has agreed to a two-year plan that will provide $800 million to fix Indiana's poor roadways and dangerous infrastructure.
The bill was approved last week by the legislature before lawmakers adjourned for the year. It was designed to ensure Indiana receives the necessary funds to make road repairs without raising taxes.
The new $800 million plan will tap into Indiana's $2 billion reserve and move gasoline tax money back to spending on infrastructure. Indiana state highways will be allotted $232 million in improvements while $585 million will be given back to local government for improvements.
Brian Bosma, House Speaker, said most of the $585 million belongs to local governments since it was collected from local income tax.
Potholes are one example of a dangerous road condition that may be present on Indiana's highways. According to the AAA, potholes are notorious for costing billions of dollars annually in vehicle repairs and pose a threat to drivers across the nation.
Sixteen million drivers have been affected by poor roadways, specifically potholes, over the last five years. Drivers have suffered bent wheels, suspension damage and tire punctures.
Until Indiana's roadways are fixed, drivers should make sure their tires are inflated properly and have enough tread depth since tires make contact between the pothole and vehicle.
If you are unable to avoid a pothole, slow down, release the brakes and straighten out the steering wheel prior to making impact.
By practicing vigilance and scanning the road ahead for potholes and other hazardous road conditions, drivers could reduce the damage caused by poor roadways.
If you have been injured because of a dangerous public road or negligent driver, contact the car accident lawyers at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak right away. You may be entitled to file a claim for property damage and injuries sustained.