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Warmer weather springs roads into pothole season

M any of our roads are damaged and local road commissions are working overtime to make sure your ride is smoother.


T

he recent warmer temperature is a nice break from the cold

,

but is causing an old problem to pop up again

,

potholes.


M

any of our roads are damaged and local road commissions are working overtime to make sure your ride
is smoother.


A

fter months of wear and tear

,

we are finally getting a first look at how bad the roads really are.


"T

hey can do a lot of damage to vehicle

s

and you pay attention so you don't drop into one

," Sam Fahl, concerned driver said.


D

ropping into one may cost your car damage and cost you hundreds of dollars in repair costs.


O

ur county road commissions are

trying to save you a headache by getting

out
Monday and trying to fill as many potholes as they can.


"W

e've had a few complaints

,

but people for the most part
know we've been getting snow constantly and we haven't had time and if the weather finally gives us a break so we can get out there do something about them," David Priest, Leelanau County Road Commission Superintendent said.


T

he roads are already starting to soften

, making them more vulnerable for pot holes to form.


W

ith that being said

,



fi

xing the damaged roads will likely make a big dent in our area road commission budgets.


"G

ood roads cost money
and bad roads cost more money," Tom Deans, Otsego County Road Commission Manager said.


I

n
Lansing, legislators are proposing a move that would allocate $100 million to these departments to help alleviate these costs, but right now that bill is stalled.


"I

t's greatly needed

,

it's affecting our summer budget



it will affect it so this money will be welcome

," Deans said.

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