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

Tuesday, April 2, 2013   (0 Comments)
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LANSING, Mich. – John Wheeler of Lansing said before he hit a pothole that caused over $2,000 in repairs to his vehicle, he wasn’t really aware how bad the roads are.  “I am now,” said Wheeler, the third winner of the Pothole Pocketbook Contest.

Wheeler will receive $500 for pothole-related repairs to his vehicle, the Michigan Transportation Team (MTT) announced today. Wheeler submitted his repair bill after hitting a pothole on  Trowbridge Road near U.S. 127 in East Lansing.

“I hit a large pothole, approximately 5 feet long, 12 inches wide, and 8 inches deep,” Wheeler said.  “A flat tire, two bent rims and wheel bearings had to be replaced.”

Wheeler’s expensive experience with a pothole is unfortunately one of numerous 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.

“Stories 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 John, 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 is open to all Michigan-licensed drivers aged 18 or older who have experienced vehicle repairs caused by bad roads in 2013. One winner will be randomly selected each week through April 5 to win up to $500 to cover the cost of pothole-related repairs. The final winner will be announced on the week of April 8.

For more information on the Pothole Pocketbook Contest, visit  


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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