INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) issued the following statement in response to Governor Pence’s infrastructure announcement.

“It’s reassuring that Governor Pence now acknowledges that Indiana’s infrastructure needs attention, but it seems the scope and immediacy of that need continues to elude him.

“His proposal is a drop in the bucket when you consider Indiana’s infrastructure situation as a whole.

“Even now, the governor makes what he calls a ‘significant’ infrastructure investment with traditional construction season winding down and no new dollars available until July 2016.  

“We can repave state highways all we want, the fact is the majority of roads in the Hoosier State are maintained by local governments.

“For every one centerline mile of road the Indiana Department of Transportation maintains, cities, towns and counties maintain nearly nine. For every structurally deficient bridge INDOT must repair, locals have five.

“Until we have a comprehensive plan for state and local governments to fund infrastructure in a sustainable way, the governor’s announcement is the equivalent of filling potholes.

“For the safety of Hoosier drivers and passengers and for economic growth, the governor is not moving fast enough. The condition of Indiana’s roads and bridges requires action now.”