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City street department struggling to keep up with potholes

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Bob Paetz worried when he saw a big pothole on State Street as he was driving through Saginaw Township.

“It's deep, it's dark and it's sharp,” Paetz said.

He said he thinks potholes like it will cause big issues for drivers.

“I can't believe it's still there I saw this the other day and I Facebook-ed you guys about it and I thought it would be taken care of in a day or two,” Paetz said.

Unfortunately, it’s still there, like many other potholes across Mid-Michigan.

A piece of patch came from the pothole which already needs another patch and repair.

But this is all too common for the roads this time of year. And a lot of drivers like Tim Cappell said you have to pay attention when you're driving.

“You gotta dodge them and there is a lot to dodge,” Cappell said.

Brad Killey, a manager at Belle Tire, said a little pothole like this can cost you a lot.

“A lot of pothole damage, broken rims, body damage, fender damage, tires cost a lot of money can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars,” Killey said.

In Saginaw, drivers can fill out a claim form for reimbursement to get money back.

Brett Reed, Saginaw Streets Department foreman, said the city is getting some new patch materials that will last longer.

The catch – they won’t be in until summer.

Reed said they are constantly working on the roads.

“They are popping up more than we can catch up, but we are working diligently to fix them,” Reed said.

Paetz said he'll be on the lookout for other trouble spots and wishes for just one thing out on the roads.

“I want the roads fixed,” Paetz said.

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