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Numerous Statewide Media: Pothole Contest

Wednesday, February 20, 2008   (0 Comments)
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As one Detroit news columnist put it this week: "We are under siege from the destructive seasonal catastrophe known as the pothole." Here are samples of the news coverage that was generated this week regarding a pothole contest launched by MITA and the Michigan Transportation Team. You can view photos of the contest entries, and also vote for the one you think is the worst, by clicking here . And go ahead, enter a photo of your favorite pothole. We know you have one! 


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Win Money With Worst Pothole 

Monday, February 18, 2008 

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link: Win Money With Worst Pothole 


It's that time of year where the roads have turned into battle grounds. 


Odds are you have come across a major pothole in your commute. 


A contest, sponsored by the Michigan Transportation Team, runs from Feb. 19- March 28 to help identify where the problem roadways are located. 


The contest will award three people $318 service center scholarships to cover the average cost the roads cost Michigan motorists. 


The contest is part of an ongoing effort to educate policy-makers and others that the dire condition of Michigan roads and bridges poses both an immediate public safety risk to motorists and represents a roadblock for economic development and job creation in the state. 


Michigan's Worst Pothole Contest 

Monday, February 18, 2008 

WILX TV-Lansing 


The season we call winter is also being referred to as 'pothole season.' and a contest sponsored by the Michigan Transportation Team wants you to find the worst pothole in the state. 


"We are in a dire state here with the deterioration of a roads and bridges," said Mike Nystrom, Co-Chairman of the Michigan Transportation Team. "They're falling apart. 


Nystrom and the MTT are hoping the responses will resonate with state lawmakers, urging them to increase vehicle registration fees and the gas tax to fund Michigan road repairs. If you win, you'll receive one of three " $318 service center scholarships." 


"The $318 is actually the average a Michigan motorist is paying because of the potholes across the state-- meaning repairs, congestion, lost time, those types of things," said Nystrom. 


Pothole contest looks for largest street craters 

Monday, February 18, 2008 

The Muskegon Chronicle and The Grand Rapids Press 


link: Pothole contest looks for largest street craters 


Did the asphalt divide and swallow your Bug? The concrete crack and crunch your Chevy? 


Driving U.S. 131 this week is a tie-rod twisting, shock-shaking, Goodyear-grinding demolition derby that could use reflexes and vehicles better fit for the Baja 1000. 


And as another thaw-freeze cycle makes mincemeat of our asphalt, a statewide transportation group wants your nomination for the state's worst pothole. 


Do you have a good pothole story? Post a comment below. Better yet, send The Chronicle your picture or video and we'll post them on online at 


Winners get $318 -- the average annual cost to each and every Michigan driver from pothole havoc, the group says. 


"We came up with this as a fun way to highlight the dramatic need that we have here in Michigan with regards to our failing transportation infrastructure," said Mike Nystrom, co-chair of the Michigan Transportation Team, a group of nearly 50 organizations, from paving and asphalt contractors to unions to chambers of commerce. 


"For years, for decades really, our state has underfunded our system here," he said, citing a $2.7 billion gap in road needs versus spending.

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