As the weather begins to warm up, the snow continues to melt and drivers are emerging from their winter hideaways, they are are finding a number of broken concrete and water-filled holes plaguing the state’s local and regional roads. These potholes on the roads are becoming more and more obvious to see and even harder to avoid. That being said, on Wednesday, Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order that will accelerate Michigan’s transportation department’s repairs. According to Fox 2, MDOT is directed to expedite repairs to trunkline highways.
One of the many questions people ask when it comes to Michigan roads is, how are theses potholes formed? Well, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation, when a pothole forms, three factors are at play: the pavement, sub-base, and the soil. The way they form is when snow or rain accumulates in the bottom layer of the soil below the road surface. When the moisture freezes in the winter, it expands the ground, putting upward pressure on the pavement above, thus pushing the pavement up causing the first splinter of the road.
Gov. Whitmer released a statement saying, “No family should have to spend their hard-earned money on repairing a flat tire or a broken axle caused by these potholes. That’s why I’m directing the state transportation department to speed up pothole repairs. We’re kicking this into overdrive, using overtime pay and contractors to get the job done, while we continue broader improvement projects across the state. I will continue to work with anyone to fix the damn roads, make long-lasting investments in our infrastructure, and put Michigan first.” In order to help keep the road workers protected, Michigan State Police were ordered to increase work zone enforcement in Whitmer’s order to support road crews. Don’t worry Detroit, better road conditions are on the way.