South Bend’s mayor wants to spend more than $11 million on “smarter streets” next year.
It is one of the priorities Mayor Pete Buttigieg outlined in his budget address to the common council earlier Wednesday night.
Buttigieg says improving infrastructure will help draw businesses to South Bend, meaning more jobs for residents.
Exactly how the money would be spent will be detailed in upcoming budget hearings. But Buttigieg hopes a portion will be used to make changes to streets in the heart of the city.
“One of the surest things you can do to kill growth in a downtown area historically has been to have one way streets running through it,” Buttigieg said. “We've known this for a while, I think we're finally in a position to do something about it.”
Transportation experts will give a presentation on that proposal at the Century Center at noon on Thursday.
Buttigieg’s other budget priorities for next year include expanding the 311 call center and continuing his vacant and abandoned housing initiative.