The Indiana Department of Transportation says the condition of the roads and bridges it maintains is improving. INDOT says its latest inspection shows more than 90 percent of roads and more than 95 of bridges are rated in fair condition or better.
INDOT says the 90.3 percent of roads rated fair or better from 2012-2014, up from 89.3 percent in the previous inspection. The latest measurement pegs 95.3 percent of bridges in fair or better condition, which INDOT says increased from 93 percent in the last report, and tops last year’s national average of 94 percent.
The inspections are conducted every two years, with results submitted to the Federal Highway Administration.
INDOT says, despite the improvements, there is plenty of work to be done. The current two-year state budget includes $200 million for local roads and bridges, and an additional $200 million for state highways. During the current fiscal year, the department says it will award contracts to resurface more than 700 miles of state highways.
The issue of infrastructure maintenance was thrust into the spotlight in August when the northbound lanes of I-65 between Lebanon and Lafayette after concerns about the stability of the Wildcat Creek bridge.