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Second 2014 Pothole Pocketbook Contest Winner Announced

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Lance Binoniemi
Vice President of Government Affairs
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
Office: 517-347-8336
Cell: 517-282-2851
2nd Winner of Pothole Pocketbook Contest Announced
OKEMOS, Mich. – Jim King of Big Rapids is the week two winner of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association’s (MITA) Pothole Pocketbook Contest. King had hit multiple potholes in his part of the state, causing a crack in the rim of one of his aluminum wheels. The resultant recurring air loss affected his driving safety, and the wheel could not be repaired, forcing him to purchase a used wheel.
“Unfortunately, many areas in Michigan have recurring and ever-growing potholes that catch drivers by surprise,” said King, whose repair bill came to $143.97.  
King said that patching the potholes is a poor excuse and only a temporary fix at best. He believes Michigan legislators need to make a long-term permanent investment to address the urgent need for road repairs and replacement, so that vehicles are not damaged, drivers are not forced to make unsafe swerves, and visitors to Michigan feel more likely to return.
“The only remedy (for me) was to completely replace my wheel, costing me nearly $150.00. Michigan citizens like myself are tired of paying the price for bad roads in need of long-term repair,” King said.
According to Lance Binoniemi, MITA’s vice president of government affairs, Jim’s story of frustration is one of thousands involving Michigan motorists who have tried unsuccessfully to avoid bad potholes during the worst pothole season Michigan has experienced in recent history. Binoniemi says this problem can be solved if the Legislature decides that investing in infrastructure long-term and on a permanent basis is the right thing to do. He added that out of all 50 states, Michigan is dead last in its spending per capita.
“Michigan only spends $154 per capita on infrastructure,” Binoniemi said. “Ironically this is almost the same amount that Jim had to spend on repairing his vehicle. His experience with Michigan’s roads illustrates that delaying action on increasing infrastructure funding actually passes the high cost onto the backs of the public, and it leads to higher road repair costs in the long run. Potholes will not go away without legislative action to increase the annual, long-term funding source for transportation.”
Michigan motorists in key urban areas pay between $305-$536 annually in unnecessary vehicle repairs due to poor roads, according to a January 2014 report by TRIP, a national transportation research group
The Pothole Pocketbook Contest is open to all Michigan-licensed drivers aged 18 or older who have endured vehicle repairs caused by bad roads since January 2014. To enter, drivers must submit a photo or scan of their itemized repair bill, along with the contact information of their mechanic or body shop to verify the repair, at Drivers can also submit photos of their vehicle’s damage and the specific pothole(s) they hit.
Entrants are encouraged to use the Contact Your Legislator tool available on the contest website to urge their state legislators to invest in transportation. Other details of the Pothole Pocketbook Contest are as follows:
MITA will announce additional winners on March 17, March 24 and March 31. 
Each winner will receive a check for the cost of the repair, not to exceed $500. 
MITA is a leading advocate for increased infrastructure funding in Michigan to save lives and money. For more information, visit or

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