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Potholes Threaten Lives Of Motorcyclists In Metro Detroit

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Potholes go curb-to-curb across E. Grand Blvd. at Chene, alongside I-94.   (credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

Potholes go curb-to-curb across E. Grand Blvd. at Chene, alongside I-94. (credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

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DETROIT (WWJ) - The open road has been more than a bumpy ride for motorcyclists — thanks to potholes.

Tony Rutland, of Motor City Powersports, said metro Detroit roads are so bad, many riders are waiting to break out their bikes.

“This year, the size of the potholes are quite concerning,” Rutland told WWJ’s Ron Dewey. “Yeah, there’s hot patch but some of those patches are falling apart. It’s a little more shaky than it has been the last couple of years.”

Vince Consiglio, president of motorcycle advocacy group ABATE, said his membership is not afraid to ride, but they have to be more careful.

“Motorists themselves need to give us more space because we do need to make evasive maneuvers,” Consiglio said. “To a car it’s just a normal pothole, but it could be life-threatening to a motorcyclist.”

The danger increases tenfold when the sun goes down, because it’s much more difficult to see the road ahead.

Consiglio said the best way for riders to stay safe and remain in control when encountering rough roads is to simply be aware of what’s happening.

To report potholes on state roads — like I-75, M-10, US-24, etc. — call MDOT at 888-296-4546.

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