City's street division asks residents to help report issues - WNEM TV 5

City's street division asks residents to help report issues

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Nick Lezan uses this stretch of South Hamilton Street all the time.

"Those potholes keep getting worse every single year," Lezan said.

He said he's dealt with a bumpy ride for years. His car had to be repaired after a run in with a crater in his south Saginaw neighborhood.

"I'm very upset about it. These roads should've been fixed two years ago and it's just driving me nuts," Lezan said.

After city officials were made aware of the situation on Hamilton Street, crews did respond.

Simeon Martin is chief foreman of the city's streets division.

"It's a temporary fix. During this time of the year we really don't have the resources and the money to a permanent fix," Martin said. "Because this would have to be cut out and actually replaced with concrete."

He said his staff reviews complaint logs each day for potholes and fills them. But he said he needs some help from the residents.

"With our limited staffing we cannot drive every street in the city on a regular basis. So the best way to get a pothole filled is to call our call center," Martin said.

Martin said a lack of funding is another big issue.

Money from the $1.2 billion road funding package signed by Gov. Rick Snyder is at least a year away. In the meantime Martin said his crews will do the best they can with the limited dollars they have.

"Most of the infrastructure is failing. So until we really see a lot of money put into the infrastructure we're going to continue to see potholes and roads failing," Martin said.

As for Lezan, he appreciates the effort being made to make his ride a little smoother.

"I'm glad I can see them down there repairing it right now," Lezan said.

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