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Potholes Wearing Holes In Drivers Pockets

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(WLNS) - Torn up, pothole ridden roads make going practically anywhere in mid-Michigan a pain.

Combine freeze-thaw temperatures with a lack of funding and roads get wrecked.

"We're going to have a tough pothole season because we have a lot of roads up there that are susceptible to pothole damage from all the cracking they've already got," said Bill Conklin, Managing Director of the Ingham County Road Commission.

Workers try to combat potholes with patch jobs, but in these conditions they don't hold up for long.

These craters don't just cost the county, drivers pay, too.

"It can be as little as $50 or so for a bent rim on up to maybe a couple thousand dollars for broken and bent suspension parts," said Leeann Carpenter, the office manager at Liskey's Auto and Truck Service.

"We do thousands of those every winter, especially in a winter like this and we're probably going to be doing more because of the potholes," said James Griffith an auto technician at Liskey's Auto and Truck Service.

Rough roads wear out parts, tires and alignment.

What may seem like a small vibration or pull now can cost you big in the long run.

If you see a pothole that needs to be filled, the Ingham County Road Commission asks you to call (517) 676-9722.

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