Craterous potholes plague local roadways - WNEM TV 5

Craterous potholes plague local roadways

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Those pesky potholes have resurfaced across Mid-Michigan -- this mid-January thaw has motorists dodging gaping holes in roadways in the Great Lakes Bay area. 

"Crunch" go the tires as they hit potholes that have sprung up across Mid-Michigan. In Saginaw Township Monday morning, a crew busily filled up several big craters that opened near the intersection of Center and State.

And in Bay City it was the same story, crews out and about fixing potholes that have materialized over the past week.

The Bay City streets supervisor tells TV5 he had three six-man crews out Monday patching holes.  TV5 camera crews caught one group filling in some huge craters on Euclid Avenue.  Two man crews were also busy, with one group taking care of a whole string of potholes on North Union. 

TV5's Craig McMorris talked with folks outside the Bay City Post Office where there were potholes to greet motorists dropping off mail.

Drivers are glad to see crews are trying their best to address the problem.

"They need to be fixed," said one person we spoke with. "You know, it's unfortunate, it's all weather-related and when it freezes and thaws, that's what you're going to get. I just hope they're getting to them soon so we can drive and not have to watch the potholes."

"I'm glad they're out there working and getting those potholes taken care of because they cause a lot of damage to your car," said another motorist. "So, good thing they're working."

Crews are also busy in Bay County, where a road commission spokesman told TV5 about six crews were filling potholes across 400 miles of highway in the county.  The crazy weather the past few days, especially the milder temps on Sunday, created perfect pothole conditions. The holes are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water freezing and thawing after the water has entered into the soil under the pavement.

Meanwhile, crews can't work fast enough to make motorists happy. "I hope they get them fixed as soon as possible because they are jolting my car all around," complained another driver.

Officials at Bay City and Bay County say if you would like to report any potholes, you can do so by going to their Facebook pages.

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