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Saginaw News: Price tag to fix street with state's worst pothole: $168,000

Wednesday, April 22, 2009   (0 Comments)
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Price tag to fix street with state's worst pothole: $168,000 


Michelle K. Scott won $318 for her photo of the state's worst road crater, but she's $38 in the hole after subtracting the repair bill for her Chevy Blazer. 


And if she wants Frost Drive truly fixed, Saginaw Township officials say, she'll need to shell out about $5,700 more. 


The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association of Okemos awarded the worst pothole title to the Frost Drive cavity. Scott didn't have to go far to find it; the two-year-old pothole is in front of her home. 


"You can hear people bottom out when they hit it," said Scott, 35. 


"Two weeks ago, a Waste Management truck got stuck in the hole. The county came out last week and literally dumped white stones into the hole and put up a barricade." 


Vehicles hurl stones onto Scott's property. One punched a hole in the radiator of her 2002 Blazer. To make matters worse, drivers are using Scott's driveway to get around a barricade, creating dust clouds and spewing rocks further into her yard. 


Scott said she is so fed up, she's sending a copy of the repair bill for her Blazer to both the county and the township. 


"The township blames the county, and the county blames the township," she said. 


The road is the county's responsibility. Saginaw County Road Commission Manager Brian J. Wendling said Scott and her neighbors decided not to contribute to an expensive fix for Frost Drive. 


Saginaw Township contributes 25 percent of the cost of road repairs, up to $750 per lot, when residents petition for the work and agree to pay the remainder, said Rob Grose, Saginaw Township assistant manager. 


Last year, it would have cost $140,000 to repave Frost Drive, leaving a $4,600 assessment for each of the 26 residents along the route, Grose said. 


"We took the estimates to Rob Grose, who took them to the subdivision, but they declined it," Wendling said. "To a certain degree, it happens in Michigan. It's uncontrollable." 


Now, with the rise in material costs, the assessment has risen to $5,700 per resident, for a total of $168,000, Grose said. 


Since 1997, the township has helped with 30 such projects costing more than $4 million, for which residents paid $3 million. 


Wendling said workers last week dug out the bad asphalt from the Frost Drive crater and put in a stone mix as a temporary patch until asphalt plants reopen and workers can apply a stronger "hot mix." 


"There is something in the soil causing it to happen," Wendling said. "It keeps coming back." 


Three weeks ago, Scott said, another driver damaged his tire and wheel so badly that a flatbed truck had to haul his car away. 

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