Governor Pence Visits Northeast Indiana – Where 116 Bridges Are Structurally Deficient

Mike Pence’s announcement does bare minimum to address Indiana’s crumbling infrastructure system

INDIANAPOLIS – With a stop in Angola today, Mike Pence is expected to tout an infrastructure plan that not only is failing everyday Hoosiers but does the bare minimum needed to fix Indiana’s crumbling roads and bridges.

With the over 1,900 structurally deficient bridges in the state, it is important to note that while the governor touts statistics, Hoosiers in Northeast Indiana must grapple with the reality of 116 bridges being structurally deficient. It’s this lack of action by Mike Pence that has put Indiana’s “Crossroads of America” reputation in jeopardy.

Structurally Deficient Bridges in Northeast Indiana

County

Number of Deficient Bridges

Adams

4

Allen

44

DeKalb

6

Huntington

5

Lagrange

3

Noble

13

Steuben

1

Wabash

14

Wells

18

Whitley

8

Total

116

Data provided by the Indiana Senate Democrats

“With incidents like the I-65 bridge closure and the state wasting $71 million on faulty asphalt, Governor Pence has been late to the game on fixing Indiana’s D+ rated infrastructure. And even as Governor Pence made his announcement this month, his ‘plan’ not only fails to start immediately, but it also doesn’t address the local roads many Hoosiers use each day,” said Drew Anderson, communications director for the Indiana Democratic Party. “But Hoosiers should expect this from Mike Pence. It has taken bad internal polling for Mike Pence to finally address the overall well-being of everyday Hoosiers.”

After a public relations crisis on Indiana’s crumbling infrastructure and a state agency wasting $71 million on faulty asphalt, Governor Pence this month announced a plan to invest in our roads over four years. This plan, however, achieved the bare minimum necessary to maintain and solve today’s problems for our existing D+ rated infrastructure system. Further, Pence’s completely neglects the local roads and bridges Hoosiers travel on each day.

Indiana Democrats have continued to hold Mike Pence and INDOT accountable for this mess. From calling for a complete open records request surrounding the I-65 northbound bridge closure to launching the #FixOurRoads social media campaign, Democrats know that enough is enough, and it’s time for an immediate investment into Indiana’s existing infrastructure. Simply put, Hoosiers are tired of Governor Pence’s late to the game strategy and some commonsense solutions are needed to solve today’s problems for the everyday Hoosier.

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