Potholes Destroying People's Cars

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Kay House's Buick Century is totaled.

While she slowed down for a pothole on Aurelius road, the pickup behind her did not.

"I feel absolutely rotten, said House. "We need to do something about our roads. Please! There are too many potholes all over Lansing."

Making matters worse, she had just spent nearly $1,000 fixing it up. Now repairing this will cost more than it's worth, so it's a complete loss.

"I realize we had a bad winter, but this could be fatal to somebody," said House.

About 200 feet north of where her car was hit, another pothole is just as big. It's about a foot long, eight feet wide and four to six inches deep.

The potholes are so bad in some places, drivers must swerve across the yellow line into the other lane, as is the case on Keller Road in Holt.

"Over 15 years of underfunding of road infrastructure, no amount of people is enough to be able to keep up with that," said Chad Gamble, Lansing's Director of Public Service.

Friday morning, another man hit a pothole just south of Holt. It damaged his car.

"We at the township are very concerned because roads only disintegrate. They don't get better," said C.J. Davis, the Delhi Township Supervisor.

The roads in Delhi and other townships are taken care of by the county--which Friday had 39 people out making repairs.

"We have not been able to repair the roads to the point that we can prevent potholes," said Bill Conklin, of the Ingham County Road Department. "The way to prevent potholes is to increase road funding and rehabilitate and resurface these roads entirely."

Kay House hopes somehow her car's damage will show people something needs to be done.

Everyone News Ten spoke with-- at the township level, city, county, and even MDOT-- they all said the road problems come from more than a decade of not enough road funding.

Roads are designed to last about 15 years before they need to be completely resurfaced. The short term repairs they currently are doing, won't last long.

They said if people want something to change, they need to let their state representative or senator know.

When it comes to repairs, the potholes that pose the most dangerous safety concern, on the highest volume streets are fixed first.

Lansing says 95 percent of it's potholes are filled within 24 hours of being reported.

If a hole isn't getting filled, it might be that no one has reported it.

Cities, counties and MDOT all have pothole reporting telephone lines that work 24 hours a day seven days a week. Below are three specific numbers people can call

MDOT 1-888-296-4546
Ingham County Roads 517-676-9722
Lansing 517-483-4161

Depending on the weather, pothole season will last at least until April, but maybe go as long as through May or June.

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