Monday, July 5, 2010

Decatur Township: What's with all the Road Construction?

By Christopher Jackson

Throughout the past few months if you live in Decatur Township (along with many other parts of the city), you have been beleaguered by multiple constructions projects, including some on the most heavily traveled thoroughfares. Much of this construction is desperately needed, with projects including the resurfacing of Lynhurst Drive, Mooresville Road, Mendenhall Road, and the Sam Jones Expressway (just outside of Decatur Township), reconstruction of two bridges that compose part of Mann Road, and the replacement of a culvert on Mooresville Road. Many people have complained about the road work schedule, with it all being done at once; this construction is the most that has occurred in the area in one summer during my entire life. Some have also complained about the costs of the projects and wonder were all this money is coming from. So what is with all this construction, and who's funding it?

To get to the bottom of this question it took a little research, but as I suspected, all of these projects are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with the exception of the replacement of the culvert along Mooresville Road which I could not determine the source of funding for by the day of this post. The costs of the projects are as follows:

Mooresville Road and Mendenhall Road Resurfacing: $1,450,262
Sam Jones Expressway and Lynhurst Drive: ~$1,000,000*
Mann Road Bridge over Mann Creek: $211,000
Mann Road over Dollar Hide Creek: $255,000
Total Amount of ARRA alloted to Decatur Township: $2,916,262

That's almost $3,000,000 of the $39.5 million of Indianapolis' stimulus funds that were alloted to Decatur Township and its immediate border. That's roughly 8%, not to shabby for the smallest and least populated township in Marion County. Sadly, there are no signs posted along these project areas that tell citizens where the funding comes from, that seems to be the trend for Conservative politicians, take credit for the projects but don't disclose the source of funding. So next time a Decatur Township resident tells you that the stimulus bill didn't do any thing for them, go ahead and show them this post.

*Figures released by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization lump these two project costs with the repaving of Tibbs Avenue on the near-northwest side, therefore the cost for the two Decatur projects is estimated.

1 comment:

Paul K. Ogden said...

"Coonservative politicians?" I hope your not referring to Mayor Greg Ballard. I haven't seen anything over the past 2 1/2 years that suggests that he's a "conservative." In fact, I have doubts he's a Republican. Will you Democrats please take him?