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First Winner of Pothole Pocketbook Contest Announced

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Lance Binoniemi

Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association

Vice President of Government Affairs

Office: 517-347-8336

Cell: 517-282-2851


First Winner of Pothole Pocketbook Contest Announced


OKEMOS, Mich.– Craig Wilson of Ferndale is the first winner of $192.84 in the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association’s (MITA) Pothole Pocketbook Contest.

Wilson was getting on I-75 south at the University on ramp in Auburn Hills when he encountered an army of potholes.

“There were probably about 10 potholes spread out over a 10-yard stretch of that ramp,” said Wilson, whose repair bill came to $192.84. “I tried to avoid them, but ended up hitting one.  After driving on the highway for a mile or two, I had to pull over because my tire was flat. ”

Since the run-in with a pothole(s) happened on a Friday, Craig had to wait until Monday afternoon for delivery of a new tire and had to borrow his brother’s car on Monday to get to work. Craig’s story of frustration is among literally thousands of similar incidents involving Michigan motorists who have tried to avoid potholes during the worst pothole season Michigan has experienced in recent history, said Lance Binoniemi, vice president of government affairs for MITA.

“Craig’s experience with Michigan’s roads clearly illustrates that delaying action on increasing infrastructure funding actually passes the high cost of our crumbling infrastructure onto the backs of the public, and it leads to higher road repair costs in the long run,” Binoniemi said.  “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. According to TRIP, bad roads cost Michigan drivers $2.3 billion per year in unnecessary vehicle repairs.  If you also factor in additional costs related to congestion and safety, that figure rises to $7.7 billion per year.

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 at along with providing the contact information of their mechanic or body shop to verify the repair. 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 10, 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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