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Detroit Pothole Problems Compounded By Storm

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DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s been a bumpy ride on local roads since this week’s snowstorm. 

Mike Rogers, of the Wayne County Road Commission’s, says they’ve been getting even more complaints about potholes since the Tuesday-Wednesday snowfall. 

Rogers tells WWJ Newsradio 950 that, in some cases, snow plows inadvertently pull out the patch in the old holes.

“We have the large trucks that weigh quite a bit, that are on these roads, that are scraping the roads. And, say for instance, there was some pothole patch material in those roads. As we’re scraping or blading off the roadways, sometimes it’ll catch the edge of where we repaired it before, and it will just recreate that pothole,” Rogers said.

“Plus, you have a lot of freezing that has taken place, and the salt is melting the ice. So, you have that salt and that water that’s going into the cracks. And then, overnight, it expands — and there you go! You have a pothole,” he said.

Rogers said the commission plans to put crews out overtime on Saturday to fill the holes. Crews will also be putting up mailboxes that residents claim were knocked down by the plowed snow.

Know of a really bad spot? You can hasten the short-term fix by calling MDOT’s pothole hotline at 888-296-4546. You can also report a pothole online at michigan.gov/mdot.

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