Potholes caused by weather shifts lead to costly repairs

The spokesperson at MDOT tells us this freeze and thaw cycle has created pavement issues that are typically not seen this early in winter. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. Car damage from potholes usually increase around the spring.

But repair shops are already seeing more customers coming in for tire repair.

State officials say the extreme weather has started pothole season a few months early.

The spokesperson at MDOT tells us this freeze and thaw cycle has created pavement issues that are typically not seen this early in winter.

The manager at Grauf's Sevice Center, Tom Grauf, says the customer hit a pothole.

A bent rim accompanies the sound of air coming out of a tiny tear.

But as many drivers found out it could be worse.

"It is frustrating when you have to get tire rods and pins and all that stuff,” say Grauf.

Saginaw’s John Clark doesn't mince words when we ask him about road conditions.

"Potholes this tear in my car up. I wish the city would do something about it," he said

Mackinaw Road in Saginaw is suffering quite a bit of damage.

"It’s like minefields sometimes."

Cities are responsible for local roads whereas the state is typically responsible for highways and interstates.

The spokesperson for MDOT tells us they are filling potholes as quickly as possible and even has an emergency crew for any night time repairs.

Some drivers may be able to get reimbursement from their damage.

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