This incredible January heat wave is bad news for skiers, snowmobilers, snow plow operators, and also car suspensions!  That’s right, because it’s causing more potholes for you to try and miss while you’re driving.  More and earlier.  Not good with potholes.

MDOT’s website explains it this way:

Potholes are created when snow and ice melt as part of Michigan's seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. Moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and thaws, creating a gap in the pavement. As vehicles drive over the gap, the pavement weakens leading to a pothole.

WBCK’s Tim Collins will chat about it with MDOT’s Nick Schirripa Friday morning at 7:50 on 95.3 to tell you what they're doing about it on state roads and how you can help.

MDOT has a place to report potholes on the roads that they’re in charge of fixing:

How do you know which roads are state roads?  Most state roads begin with M, I or US designations (e.g., I-75, M-28, US-23, etc.).

Use MDOT's Report a Pothole form or call 888-296-4546 to report potholes on state roads. Your report will be forwarded to the appropriate MDOT region staff for action.


To report other potholes, contact your county or local unit of government, and there’s a really cool app and website that you can use for local road problems.  It’s called “See, Click, Fix”.  

For Calhoun County, click here.

MDOT also has an app and website for road closings and problems.  You can instantly see video cams of areas by just touching the area on the map.