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Mid-Michigan county working to fix pothole problem

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(02/11/13) - The roller coaster weather is posing another big problem for Michigan drivers - potholes. 

One Mid-Michigan county is working on a roadway fix.

After driving around Mid-Michigan, we found pothole after pothole. In some places, the roads are so bad that big chunks of it are coming up.

Michigan roads have taken a beating this winter. The constant freezing and thawing now has some drivers doing a little defensive driving.

"I hit a big pothole on I-75 yesterday," said Jim Hunt.

"I hit one the other night and lost a full tire and cracked everything on the tire and ripped it off my rim," said Steve Munsell.

As we inch closer to spring, it's not uncommon to find road crews out trying to provide a temporary fix.

In some cases, the crews could fill up the same pot hole over and over again.

"They sneak up when you don't even know they're going to be there," Munsell said.

Right now the Genesee County Road Commission is trying out a more long term solution. It's a pilot project called the pellet patch.

"Where you're using a mixture of ground up tires put with hot asphalt and then they're connected with a chemical binder that binds them together. That produces a more flexible patch," said John Daly, director of the Genesee County Road Commission.

This means the patch job will last much longer. A much needed relief for drivers, and cost savings for the county.

"We believe this would last three to four times longer," Daly said.

Drivers like Enawa Jawharri are hoping for a more permanent solution to the pothole problem plaguing part of Mid-Michigan right now.

"Oh they're everywhere, it's hard to drive and you can't avoid them either and it's winter time. They're everywhere from Fenton to Flint," she said.

Gov. Rick Snyder wants to invest money to help improve the roads. It's part of his budget proposal.

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