2014 Pothole Pocketbook Contest Comes To A Close Contest Entrants Spend Close to $15,000 in Car Repairs
OKEMOS, Mich. – Thirty contest participants spent a combined total of close to $15,000 getting their vehicles repaired after hitting bad potholes when they entered the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association’s (MITA) Pothole Pocketbook Contest.
“One of the biggest things we can take away from this year’s contest is the fact that Michigan residents are paying a high price in exchange for poorly funded roads, and that’s not fair,” said Lance Binoniemi, vice president of government affairs for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association. “It’s really unfortunate that hard-working families are being forced to cut into their monthly budgets to cover the cost of new tires or a wheel alignment because they had no choice but to take multiple bad roads to get home.”
Binoniemi said that having 30 people spend a combined total of close to $15,000 on unnecessary vehicle repairs is outrageous. He says the contest clearly illustrates the very strong and rapidly growing need for the state to properly invest in a long-term permanent funding solution.
“I would continue to strongly urge the Legislature to take the information they are receiving very seriously, and to use it as a catalyst for change immediately,” Binoniemi said. “It is very clear, particularly with the month of March behind us, that the bad roads and the even worse potholes absolutely must be addressed as soon as possible.”
According to Binoniemi, thousands of Michigan motorists have found themselves in repeatedly dangerous situations as they drive along their local roads during the worst pothole season Michigan has experienced in recent history. Binoniemi says the financial problems suffered by motorists, as well as the safety issues, can be properly addressed if the Legislature decides that investing in infrastructure long-term and on a permanent basis is the right thing to do. He added that out of all 50 states, Michigan is dead last in its spending per capita.
“Michigan spends the least per capita on infrastructure in the entire country,” Binoniemi said. “Each contest winner’s experience with Michigan’s roads clearly illustrates that delaying action on increasing infrastructure funding actually passes high costs onto the backs of the public, as well as making the roads very unsafe for our families and children. Potholes and bad roads will not go away without legislative action to increase the annual, long-term funding source for transportation.”