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Pothole hotline for state roads

It’s not spring yet, but a mid-January warm-up brought with it a bumper crop of potholes across Michigan. The Michigan Department of Transportation says if you spot a pothole on any state roads, you can report it to M-DOT’s Pothole Hotline. The roads are those with an I-, US- or M-route designation. State Transportation Director Kirk Steudle (STIGH-Duhl) says the quicker they know about where potholes are forming, the sooner they’re patched. However he adds that patching them won’t last, but will help get through until warmer weather returns. Motorists in Michigan can report potholes on state highways in three ways: calling the Pothole Hotline at 888-296-4546; going online at michigan.gov/mdot and clicking the “Report a Pothole” link in the Spotlight section or by calling your local M-DOT Transportation Service Center or region office. Those reporting pothole locations are asked to provide the route name (M, I or US designation), the county, the nearest community, and the closest cross street or interchange. Potholes on non-state roads should be reported to local road commissions since M-DOT does not have jurisdiction over roads that are not part of the state system.  (MRN)