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There is seldom a shortage of potholes in Michigan. That's because potholes are most common in states with frequent freeze/thaw cycles throughout the winter and spring months. Here's what happens:
- First, natural wear and tear from heavy vehicles causes small cracks in the road. These cracks allow water to accumulate in the openings.
- Then, during winter months, the water freezes and expands, opening the cracks even more, which allows water to seep into the ground below the road.
- Once again, freezing temperatures force frozen ground to expand and separate the already cracked pavements.
- However, it is in the spring that pothole problems really begin. When the ground begins to soften under the already-damaged road, the ground shifts, leaving air pockets under the road.
- Finally, the pavement collapses under the weight of passing vehicles, creating the pothole.
- Potholes can cause front-end damage and tire wear, or throw your wheels out of alignment. The best way to avoid pothole damage is to avoid the potholes altogether. Keep your eyes on the road and drive around potholes if you can.
- Residents of the cities of Dansville, East Lansing, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Stockbridge, Webberville, and Williamstown can report potholes to their City Department of Public Works.