Resident frustrated with potholes on Haggerty Road

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) – It’s no surprise: Michigan’s pothole situation is a major concern for many people.

In fact, a recent study by QuoteWizard shows that Michigan is the third worst state after Washington and Indiana when it comes to potholes.

Driving in Van Buren Township, resident Susan Hanline says southbound Haggerty Road “is going to knock your teeth out.”

Hanline also says it is imminent accident.

“Let’s face it, you hit the pothole wrong, they’ll send you back down another lane if you’re not careful,” Hanline said.

Fred Taylor has lived in the area since 2016 and he says the situation is getting worse.

“You can’t miss the potholes here now. They show up every day now,” Taylor said.

Fred says if you add weather and low visibility to the mix, it’s a recipe for disaster.

“At night you can’t see them, but they’re dangerous to your vehicle,” Taylor said.

7 Actions News has contacted the Wayne County Road Commission to see what is being done to remedy the situation. They say time is the culprit.

But for Susan, that’s not a good enough answer.

“They want to raise the taxes here to make everything right here in the Michigan area. Iowa was half the taxes and you never find rough roads, and they have the same environment,” Hanline said.

“All the available teams are patching the potholes. The impacted areas will be monitored throughout the winter season. Meanwhile, a crew will tackle potholes on Haggerty Road tomorrow after business closes. Additionally, this area is slated for more permanent repair by the end of the 2022 paving season,” Wayne County spokesperson Tiffani Jackson told us.

But that’s only part of the problem. Adam Ramoni of Repair Once Tire & Auto says these potholes are costing Michigan workers a lot of money for auto repairs.

In addition to being a driving hazard, they also cost Michiganders thousands of dollars in auto repairs.

In fact, drivers across the country spend $3 billion every year to repair pothole damage to their cars.

Ramoni says that in some cases, pothole-related repairs can run into the thousands of dollars.

“We never want to capitalize on anyone’s misery. We don’t want to take advantage of people, but at the end of the day, they need their cars fixed,” Ramoni said.

Ramoni also advises driving slowly on pothole-filled roads and maintaining a good distance from the car in front, as this will help identify oncoming potholes. And of course before hitting the road, always check your tires.

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