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Potholes Product of Fluctuating Winter Weather


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - The contrasting weather is not only a head-ache for residents, but it's also hard hitting on area roads. Potholes become the consequence of this crazy winter weather.

The Jackson County Department of Transportation says they got around a dozen calls yesterday and about 25 today all complaining about potholes. They say that's about normal for this time of year.

"In this area, in Michigan, we get a warm stretch like this in wintertime, you're going to get potholes," said Bob Griffis, operations director of Jackson County DOT.

In the wintertime, to fix potholes, even the mammoth-sized ones, is just a mix of tar and stone shoveled into the hole that's naturally pressed by the cars that drive over it.

But Griffis says in warmer months, road crews use a more permanent fix such as asphalt, but in winter weather that doesn't work. Because temperatures swing from well-below freezing to a balmy 50 degrees, more water seeps into tiny road cracks.

If you see something, say something. DOT says rest assured that crews are out filling them in the suburbs and the highways. They also say to be cautious when driving by workers.

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