Lawmaker: ‘They tried to make the dollar stretch’ on I-69 repair

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An Indiana lawmaker told WANE 15 News that a crumbling portion of I-69 is a result of state money that couldn’t be stretched far enough. 

Potholes have been spreading along 10 miles of I-69 in the Anderson area for years, but with recent changes in weather, crews have been working to keep up with repairs.

“It really is terrible,” Anderson native Kelly Hodson said. “Some of the potholes you hit are deep and jarring and probobly going to lead to some significant damage for some cars.” 

In some areas, the speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph from the normal 70 mph between miles 219 and 234. State police cars have been used to slow traffic in some spots, while crews worked. Rolling slowdowns have also led to on-ramps to be temproarily closed. 

“It’s like driving on gravel that is completely worn down,” Zachary Overla told WANE 15 after he had a busted rim repaired. “There was a semi right behind me. I had to slam my brakes. It wasn’t good.” 

WANE 15 reached out to State Senator Tim Lanane, who represents the Anderson area about the frustrations of drivers in that area. 

“They tried to make the dollar stretch as much as they can, but there’s only so far they can go,”  he said about repairing the road. 

According to an INDOT representative, the stretch of road will be completely resurfaced during the summer months. Crews will continue to patch potholes as much as possble until the work begins. 

What can a driver do, if a car is damaged by the potholes? Fill out a tort claim here: 

Lanane says filling out a form doesn’t guarantee a payout though. 

“I don’t know if the state will do much as far as taking care of those problems, but I have had in the past people ask me for that information,” he added.

WANE 15 also asked the governor’s office about the what the crumbling road looks like to visitors to the ‘Crossroads of America,’  during a time when Eric Holcomb is touting the state’s Next Level infrastructure plan. No response to that question was returned. 

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