Potholes

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State lawmakers will probably double the amount of money they had planned to spend on fixing roads torn apart by nasty weather this winter.

A legislative conference committee hopes to approve a mid-year budget bill Tuesday that will probably include about $200 million to fix potholes and help local governments pay for things like salt and snow plowing.

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.