MDOT Calls on Drivers to Report Potholes

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Michigan's roads have taken a beating this winter. A major ice storm, heavy snow, and a January warm-up have created a bumper crop of potholes.

If you spot a pothole on an I-, US- or M-route, you can report it to the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) Pothole Hotline.

There are 3 ways you can make the report.

Call the Pothole Hotline at 888-296-4546
Click on the "Report a Pothole" link in the Spotlight section at

Or call your local MDOT Transportation Service Center (TSC) or region office.

"The quicker we know about where potholes are forming, the sooner we can get them patched," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Patching them won't last, but will help get us through until warmer weather returns."

Potholes pop up during freeze/thaw cycles, when water penetrates the pavement surface and refreezes, pushing the pavement up. Vehicles then push the pavement back down, breaking it and starting a pothole.

"Extended winters and aging pavements result in more potholes on Michigan roads, and increased costs to keeping our roads in good shape," Steudle said.

Those reporting pothole locations are asked to provide the route name (M, I or US designation), the county, the nearest community, and the closest cross street or interchange. Potholes on non-state roads should be reported to local road commissions since MDOT does not have jurisdiction over roads that are not part of the state system.