Pence considers using Indiana reserves on infrastructure

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks at AM General’s Commercial Assembly Plant, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 in Mishawaka, Ind. (Becky Malewitz/South Bend Tribune via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is considering using some of the state’s reserves to pay for infrastructure improvements, including high-priority repairs like those on an Interstate 65 bridge.

On Wednesday, Pence said he’s supportive of discussions among lawmakers about focusing the 2017 legislative session on infrastructure. He said a portion of the state’s more than $2 billion in reserves could be invested in infrastructure.

The governor’s recent comments follow the closure of a bridge on I-65 in Lafayette last week that’s forced motorists to use a detour. Pence said the Indiana Department of Transportation made the right call in closing the bridge after a pylon had sunk at least 7 inches.

Pence said transportation officials are working to determine how quickly the major artery for travel can be reopened.

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