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Officials warn pothole season could be worst in years

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Some Mid-Michigan road crews are starting to trade their snow plows for pot hole repair trucks.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Anita Richardson says this year's white winter is costing MDOT millions more than usual.

"Of course we're going to fix the potholes because we want to ensure the integrity and safety of our roads but when you have storms that are so tough you're going to have high costs with fixing the roads," says Richardson. "We are 40 million dollars over budget for winter maintenance."

As more of the snow starts to melt, drivers will want to watch out for more potholes. The state warns that it may be one of the worst pothole seasons in years.

"We expect the pothole season will be worse. The winter started earlier and it has been really tough weather, so that's going to have an impact on the roads," says Richardson.

Richardson says road crews are filling the potholes but MDOT is concerned about the lack of funding for fixing roads that need to be completely re-done.

Drivers agree that several Michigan roads could use a complete makeover.

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