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Freeze-Thaw Cycle Creates Pothole Problems

INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) -- Combine a series of warm days and cold nights and roads across mid-Michigan quickly crumble.

"The roads are heaving a little bit, moisture is getting in to the cracks, freezing at night, pops up the potholes," said Jerry Carpenter, the owner of Liskey's Auto & Truck Service.

As potholes grow in size, they become hard for drivers to avoid. 

"When you get to the edge of that pothole, let off the brakes, let the car roll right through, let the suspension of the car do its work and help ease you through that pothole as best as possible," Carpenter said.

Shops, like Liskey's Auto and Truck Service, say they're staying busy. As roads get worse, their businesses gets better. 

This freeze and thaw weather is making so many potholes, parts of Cedar Street, in Mason, are virtually impassable. The potholes are also keeping road crews busy as they work to provide a temporary fix.

"We've got them on pretty much all of our older roads that need resurfacing, which we haven't been able to resurface because of lack of road funding. Our people are hard at work today trying to get those patched," said Bill Conklin, the managing director of the Ingham County Road Commission.

In these temperatures, crews use cold patch. It's a short term fix for a long term issue, and just one in a serious of tasks Ingham County road crews continue to conquer. 

"There's no rest for the weary, they're out fixing potholes today," Conklin said.

While we might enjoy a break from the cold, it'll be months before we get a break from the rough roads. 

To report a pothole to the Michigan Department of Transportation, click here. To report issues to the Ingham County Road Commission, call (517) 676-9722.

Shelby Miller is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter or email her at

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