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Statewide Pothole Contest Winners Announced

Thursday, April 2, 2009   (0 Comments)
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A coalition working to secure more funding to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges today announced winners of a contest to identify the worst nerve-racking potholes in the state.

The judges chose award-winning potholes in Detroit, Muskegon, Saginaw and Haslett. To view the photos, visit, or click here for a pdf of the winners.

“The stimulus was just approved for Michigan’s roads, but it won’t fill the potholes,” said Mike Nystrom, vice president of government and public relations for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) and co-chair of the Michigan Transportation Team. “We decided to give a few survivors of this year’s pothole season their own private stimulus check.”

The contest, sponsored by the Michigan Transportation Team (MTT), awarded $318 “stimulus checks” to help offset vehicle repairs due to the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and bridges. The winners were chosen from almost 50 entries from all over the state. Pothole winners were:

Service Drive on North M-10 & Howard, Detroit
Getty Street, Muskegon
Frost Drive, Saginaw
Marsh Road, Haslett

Due to plenty of rim-wrecking pothole pictures, the MTT also gave honorable mention recognition to a number of potholes across the state:

Marquette Woods Road, Royalton Township
Mudd Lake Road, Barry County
Lake Lansing Road, Lansing
Westbound 10 Mile Road between Evergreen and Lahser, Detroit
Outer Drive North of Ford Road, Detroit

The contest was part of an ongoing effort to educate policymakers that the federal stimulus money equals less than a third of Michigan’s annual state transportation funding needs, as recommended by the bipartisan Transportation Funding Task Force. In addition, the stimulus will fund only individual shovel-ready projects, leaving many counties in the state without a single stimulus project.

“No money will be available for pothole repairs and routine maintenance of Michigan’s roads and bridges,” Nystrom said. “Pothole-riddled roads will continue to be part of Michigan’s legacy unless state lawmakers act now to provide a long-term source of state transportation funding.”

MTT is a broad-based, bi-partisan partnership of business, labor, local government, associations and citizens linked with the common goal of improving Michigan’s transportation infrastructure. The DriveMI campaign 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.

Please visit for more information on transportation funding.

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