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Like many of us, Washtenaw County Road Commission officials are hoping we've had our last major snow event of the season!

Spokeswoman Emily Kizer says they've used a "historic amount" of salt clearing roads this winter.  Over 25,000 tons have been used and crews have been working long hours and weekends.


Helping local agencies find and repair potholes, joining the Ann Arbor Citizens Academy or attending a town hall on education. Those are a few of the engagement opportunities you have this week and those are among the topics covered by WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan on this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


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More warm weather is on the way for Washtenaw County, and that could be bad news for local roadways.


It's Pothole Season In Washtenaw County

Apr 8, 2016
WEMU

Spring not only brings plenty of rain, but also one of commuters' biggest pet peeves: 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.