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Detroit Citizens Find Creative Fixes For Pothole Problems

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Potholes are a thorn in drivers’ sides all over the world, but they’re causing huge problems in the Motor City this summer. In fact, one massive pothole actually backed up morning traffic on I-75 recently, while also causing more than 25 flat tires. What’s worse, it’s hardly the only pothole making headlines in Detroit this summer. Now, fed-up Michigan residents are looking for creative solutions to their pothole problems.
On the east side at East Warren and Burns, a pothole was filled with a large pile of asphalt, which created an even worse obstacle for drivers than the original pothole. When a crew arrived to fix the pothole, a large pile of asphalt was just dumped in the hole without being flattened, creating a jagged mound of pavement. Once local residents and reporters complained, the City of Detroit identified the culprits as a DTE Energy crew and promised to repair the damage.
“It was a DTE crew,” said Curtrise Garnde with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. “However, we are going to make the repairs. We are grateful that someone took the time to post it on Facebook cause I don’t know if we would have ever found out about it.”
And on Summit Drive in the Waterford Township, residents were tired of driving around “some of the worst potholes in the state.” When they realized there was no tax money to fix the cratering road, they chipped in to do it themselves.
The U.S. has 2.6 million miles of paved roads, 94% of which are covered with asphalt. Fortunately, asphalt is generally easier to patch and repair than concrete, making the DIY approach feasible for Waterford. To fix the potholes, a group of neighbors raised money to hire a paving company, while a local Chevrolet dealership paid to fix potholes in front of its location.
And while social media and the DIY approach might work in emergencies, there are still hundreds of potholes remaining around the Detroit area.

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