Some nasty potholes are gobbling up wheels and tires, and Washtenaw County drivers are paying the price.
One tipster told WEMU last night that a pothole on Packard Road just west of Platt had a line of cars pulled over to the side of the road with flat tires.
Jason Gary has seen the damage first-hand. He's parts manager at AutoMotion in Ann Arbor, where they've seen a lot of bent rims.
Gary says if a wheel can't be balanced or repaired, it's sent to a wheel straightener in the Detroit area. He says they usually make two or three trips a week to Detroit, but lately they've been sending two or three wheels a day to the vendor.
Gary says the potholes in our area are the worst he's seen in almost 20 years of living in Michigan.
That's consistent with a warning earlier this week from the state transportation director, who warned the pothole season may be the worst drivers have experienced.
A weekend water main break will cause a stretch of Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti to remain closed until late Wednesday or early Thursday.
That's according to Mark Sweeney, MDOT's manager for the Washtenaw area.
Sweeney says the pipe broke Sunday morning, and the force of the escaping water lifted the roadway off its foundation. He says engineers now have to make sure any "voids" created by the water under the road surface are repaired before Washtenaw Avenue can re-open.
A stretch of Eastbound I-94 on the southern edge of Ann Arbor is going to be closed this weekend. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it is the first of several planned closures of the highway in coming months.