Pothole season arrives early in Michigan

Warm February brings on early pothole season

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Michigan experiences four seasons every year, and one of those seasons means bumpy roads for drivers.

Even though spring is usually home to pothole season in Michigan, the road trouble has arrived a little bit early this year, thanks to unusually high February temperatures.

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It's only midway through the shortest month of the year, and the pavement is already starting to give way.

Local 4 asked viewers on Facebook to share which roads they think have the worst potholes in Metro Detroit. Hall Road in Shelby Township ran away with the most mentions. It's not hard to see why.

"It's pretty bad," Jillian Hatfield said. "I take Hall Road every day to get to work, and coming home and just every day."

The road is pretty pitted on the whole stretch between Mound and Garfield roads, and right now, the changing weather means some of the patches are starting to crumble.

"I feel like some of the work that, you know, it appears that they are fixing them, they're really not," Hatfield said.

Plenty of people are ending up at tire shops with flats. Belle Tire in Royal Oak has been packed.

"We've been seeing a lot of cracked rims," Belle Tire assistant manager Damani Powers said. "One of the things we want to warn a lot of the viewers, you want to slow down."

Cracked rims are expensive, and can also do a real number on cars' alignment. Professionals said any pothole, no matter what size, can crack a rim if it's hit just right.

Professionals said if you hit a pothole and your sensors come on, or something doesn't feel right, "pull over to the side and call up your roadside assistance."

Many people report potholes to the Michigan Department of Transportation, but MDOT is only responsible for state roads. It's best to report potholes to your local public works office.

Expect to see more erosion as we head into warmer temperatures over the weekend, and be on the lookout for patching crews.

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