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Final winner of the Pothole Pocketbook Contest receives $500 for pothole-related repairs

Wednesday, April 10, 2013   (0 Comments)
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CONTACT: Mike Nystrom 


LANSING, Mich. – Christine Pierzchala of Eastpointe is the fourth and final winner of the Pothole Pocketbook Contest, and will receive $500 to compensate her for damage that a pothole inflicted on her vehicle.

Pierzchala hit a pothole on Hayes Road between 10 Mile and the 696 Service Drive in Roseville March 8, which resulted in bent rims on the right side of her vehicle, so she entered the contest, which is sponsored by the Michigan Transportation Team (MTT).

Her run-in with a pothole is unfortunately one of many other stories from Michigan drivers across the state, according to Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association and co-chair of the MTT.

“Complaints about potholes on social media, and stories like Christine’s about damage to vehicles caused by potholes have become too commonplace, because of the crumbling state of Michigan’s roads,” Nystrom said. “We’re happy to help motorists, like Christine, reduce the cost of Michigan’s bad roads, but the real culprit – a lack of adequate road funding – will not go away without legislative action.”

The average Michigan motorist pays $357 annually in unnecessary vehicle repairs due to poor roads, according to an April 2012 report by the national transportation research group TRIP. Bad roads cost Michigan drivers a total of $2.5 billion per year in extra vehicle repairs.

The Pothole Pocketbook Contest was open to all Michigan-licensed drivers aged 18 or older who have experienced vehicle repairs caused by bad roads in 2013. One winner was selected each week through April 5 to win up to $500 to cover the cost of pothole-related repairs.




The Michigan Transportation Team (MTT) is a broad-based, bipartisan partnership of business, labor, local government, associations and citizens with the common goal of improving Michigan’s transportation infrastructure. MTT is committed to promoting the development and maintenance of a safe, convenient and efficient transportation network that serves the public, private and economic development needs of Michigan. For more information on transportation funding, visit

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