'Tis the season for pothole patching


The County Road Association of Michigan announces the official return of pothole season Monday.

"Just now I hit a pothole and I thought my wheel came off."

As though pothole season ever really ended.

"Oh my gosh, it's going to be worse tomorrow!"

The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council says 83 percent of Michigan roads are in "poor or fair condition." 

"The average Michigan driver pays about $500 a year in car repairs and it's because our roads are in such bad shape. We have not invested in them in 50 years," said Craig Bryson of the Oakland County Road Commission.

Road commission for Oakland County crews were out covering craters on Greenfield road in Southfield. What many call flimsy bandages for bleeding, wounded roads. 

"We should be reconstructing, resurfacing these roads, we simply have no money to do that," said Bryson.

Our ride along doesn't last long when you have to stop every two feet to patch a pothole. 

"There isn't a city I drive through where the roads aren't horrible."

These guys are working roughly ten hours a day. They go through about 3.5 to 6 tons of solvex in just one day and they're using that until the hot mix is available in April. 

"This is more malleable so they can use it when it's cold outside. It does not last as long as the hot patch," said Bryson.

And as May 5th approaches, the day voters will choose to approve or deny the one percent state sales tax increase that is expected to raise an extra $1.2 billion a year for roads and bridges, drivers say: "I'd be all for it!"

But still they seem a bit skeptical.

"If we can guarantee that those funds would go toward road repair, then sure I'd be willing to pay it. But how are they going to guarantee that?"

In the meantime, the County Road Association is enforcing a weight restriction for trucks, as pit patching crews prepare to work overtime.

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