Frustrated drivers across the state have identified more than 650 potholes on the new online reporting system at www.drivemi.org since Feb. 14, and the state’s infamous “Pothole Season” has only just begun.
The five counties with the most pothole complaints are: Wayne (311), Oakland (90), Washtenaw (53), Kent (40), and Macomb (36), according to the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, the road industry group sponsoring the reporting system on its Web site.
“The sheer number of pothole reports says loud and clear that Michigan drivers are fed up with road conditions and the lack of state funding to fix them,” said Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of MITA. “State, county and local road agencies are doing the very best they can with the limited funding available — now it’s time for state legislators to step up and find a funding solution.”
User-submitted pothole locations are mapped on the Web site, which also features drivers’ comments and pothole photos. MITA is providing the information to Michigan Department of Transportation engineers, county road commissions and city road agencies. MITA will also be sharing the pothole information with legislators.
Drivers have had it with Michigan roads, comments indicate:
* In Wayne County: “Lived here for over 15 years and can’t believe this state can’t take care of its roads. Go Motor City! Other states have similar weather, not the same driving conditions.”
* In Oakland County: “Downtown Walled Lake is the worst of the streets I have seen so far this year. It’s not just one pothole; there are hundreds.”
* In Washtenaw County: “Four people got flat tires and we had to replace the rim as well as the tire on I-94 westbound just before US-23.”
MITA represents a broad spectrum of highway construction companies and suppliers that help build a better Michigan infrastructure from the bottom up. It has been a leading voice in efforts to secure adequate transportation funding at the federal and state levels. For more information, visit www.mi-ita.com or www.drivemi.org .