Lack of road money leads to prioritizing pothole problem

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(WLNS) – Potholes are no surprise to any driver in Michigan, but road commissions say roads won’t be in top shape for years because of low budgets.

“Everybody knows its just a part of driving, unfortunately, in this part of the state,” Owner of Brogan’s Tire and Auto Service Jim Brogan said.

There are different ways to tackle them, but according to Kari Arend with the Michigan Department of Transportation, quick fixes don’t cut it.

“A majority of these roads need a longer term fix, they need a bigger fix than what we can do,” Arend said.

The main reason they can’t make these long term fixes is all about money. Clinton County Road Commission has a budget around $5 million to $6 million from both Federal and State funds, but their roads won’t all be in what Joe Pulver calls “fair condition” until 2025.

“It is going to be a long time to catch up, it really is,” Pulver said.

Pulver prioritizes fixes by how highly trafficked the roads are and the danger they pose to drivers, but to completely resurface the road for a long term fix, it costs more than $150 thousand per mile of road, which is why just maintaining them is the main priority.

“We try to not get them to where they are a tire buster, we try to stay on top of it where its safe out there,” Pulver said.

Drivers are encouraged to call Road Commissions or MDOT when they notice a bad pothole, and can file a claim for damage from potholes, if they meet certain requirements.

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