Michigan motorists continue to dodge massive potholes left behind by a vicious freeze-thaw cycle, prompting counties to beef up the number of road workers making repairs.
The Macomb County Department of Roads, Wayne County Department of Public Services and the Road Commission for Oakland County recently added workers and extended shifts, among other efforts.
“The potholes are extremely bad because the season started in January instead of March,” said Leo Ciavatta, maintenance supervisor for the Macomb County Department of Roads. “We’re very limited in what we can use because of the time of the year, so we’re using cold patch but will switch to hot asphalt in April, which will solidify and should last until next winter.”
Ciavatta said they’ve hired extra help, and around 70 people are working seven days a week, 10 hours a day.
“We’ve been so overwhelmed with potholes, we’ve hired private contractors, and we’ve also got help from the Department of Public Works in several cities, including Sterling Heights and Warren.”