Road Crews Look to Fill Potholes Following Harsh Winter

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

For the mechanics at Auto Tech in East Lansing, shaky wheels coupled with worn out tie-rods and shocks equal an all too familiar sight.

"We've seen a lot of damage, in particular, from the roads in this area," said Co-Owner, Jeff Cullen. "Just due to the nature of the size of the potholes, the lack of road repair."

It comes from the constant freezing and thawing during winter. As ice melts under the road, the asphalt collapses, forming potholes.

East Lansing Director of Public Works Todd Sneathen says it's been hard keeping up with all the potholes, this year, but he thinks the worst is over. Next, his crews will be tasked with fixing them and not with just a temporary patch.

"We will actually be going out and doing permanent fixes, with regard to cutting out areas that are really bad and putting hot asphalt mix in, which is something that lasts," said Sneathen.

The highways may be a different story. MDOT's Kari Arend says spring is always a busy time for crews because rain water can deteriorate roads even more.

"We will be out there addressing the potholes," she said. "Either we get a call in about a particularly bad location or we drive it and see it."

Solving the problem quickly could save drivers from an unwanted bill, as pothole damage can cost as much as $1,000.

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