Zionsville Road a smoother drive after repairs


By Desiree Williams

The Indianapolis Dept. of Public Works recently completed a week-long repair project along Zionsville Road from 86th Street to the Dow AgroSciences site near W. 96th Street.

Zionsville Road received strip-patching repairs, which includes tearing up segments of the road with potholes and refilling them. Betsy Whitmore, the department’s chief communications officer, said the department worked primarily in the east lane because of reports from citizens and inspections by the DPW’s engineering team.

“The work is complete, and drivers should notice that segments of the road that were once hard to traverse are now smoother and more passable,” she said.

The repairs are part of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s Emergency Declaration regarding the deteriorating roads throughout the city. On March 12, the Indianapolis City-County Council approved a $14.5 million allocation for the effort. It is in addition to the city’s $88 million infrastructure budget for 2018, which Whitmore said will allow previously planned projects to move forward.

Although the Town of Zionsville was not involved in the repairs, town officials urged Indianapolis to make that stretch of road a top priority because Zionsville residents frequently travel through the area.

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