South Bend mayor says city cannot always afford to keep up with potholes

Published: Jan. 25, 2017 at 10:21 PM EST
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg rolled up his sleeves and went out to work with the pothole patching crew.

The mayor says the passage of Wednesday's road bill is a big deal because right now, cities like South Bend are struggling to keep the roads in good shape.

Mayor Buttigieg said, "Our crew filled in over 4,000 potholes since January and we don't have the funding to keep up, both in terms of resurfacing and in terms of other road needs."

Buttigieg says there's enough funding to repave all the roads in South Bend every 100 years.

The problem is asphalt only lasts between 15 and 20 years.