MDOT Could Spend Double on Fixing Potholes This Year

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MICHIGAN (March 13, 2014) — The Michigan Department of Transportation announced Thursday that they could be spending as much as $17.6 million on pothole repairs this year.

MDOT spent $8.8 million last year, and in a release said they could spend double in 2014. ¬†They don’t anticipate spending less than $13.2 million.

“The best way to prevent potholes is to keep roads in better shape to begin with,” said State Transportation Director Kirk Steudle in a release. “Unfortunately, without the proper investment in roads, MDOT, county road commissions and city public works departments are left little choice but to spend more each year filling potholes – which we all know is not a permanent fix.”

MDOT also released driving tips during what they are calling “one of Michigan’s worst pothole seasons ever.”

MDOT Tips:

  • Drive cautiously and avoid tailgating so you have time to avoid any potholes you’re approaching
  • Properly inflated tires in good condition handle potholes better than worn, over-inflated or under-inflated tires.
  • Report potholes on state trunkline (I, M or US routes) to MDOT’s webpage or the Pothole Hotline at 888-296-4546. ¬†They said this will help them get fixed faster.

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2 comments

  • TheFoundingFathers

    17.6 million dollars. Hmmmmmmm… Well since "WE" are paying for it, GET YOUR ASSES IN GEAR and FIX THAT SHIT!

  • Sybil

    It's time this state quit taking the lowest bidder, the minority bidder, what ever it is that allows road builders to do such a lousy job. You can go to other state and the roads hold up. It is our Low bidder despite not using quality products that are to blame for the condition of the roads.