4th Winner of the 2014 Pothole Contest Winner Announced
Thursday, March 27, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vice President of Government Affairs
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
4th Winner of Pothole Pocketbook Contest Announced
OKEMOS, Mich. – Linda Rosenthal of Holland was only a mile from home when she hit a pothole so bad that it caused both of her passenger side tires to immediately deflate. With a $435.26 repair bill, Rosenthal is the week four winner of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association’s (MITA) Pothole Pocketbook Contest.
“I’ve suffered financial consequences as a result of our faulty road system,” said Rosenthal, who now has to bypass the same treacherous pothole every day to get home. “Enough is enough. The Legislature has dragged its feet on this issue for too long. I only hope they take this opportunity to make a positive change, rather than continuing to drop the ball.”
Rosenthal said that yes, this has been a severe winter, but the issue of severe winters and potholes in Michigan is not new. She said the Legislature needs to make a long-term investment in our infrastructure in order to address this issue properly, because our safety depends on it.
“The poor condition of our roads is a disgrace, and a threat to our safety,” Rosenthal said. “We need our legislature to take this issue seriously, and to use research and resources to make a long-term investment.”
According to Lance Binoniemi, MITA’s vice president of government affairs, Linda’s story is one of thousands involving Michigan motorists who find themselves in repeatedly dangerous situations as they try to avoid bad potholes during the worst pothole season Michigan has experienced in recent history. Binoniemi says the financial problems suffered by motorists, among many others, 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. “Linda’s personal experience with Michigan’s roads clearly illustrates that delaying action on increasing infrastructure funding actually passes the high cost 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.”
Michigan motorists in key urban areas pay between $305-$536 annually in unnecessary vehicle repairs due to poor roads, according to a January 2014 report by TRIP, a national transportation research group.
The Pothole Pocketbook Contest is open to all Michigan-licensed drivers aged 18 or older who have endured vehicle repairs caused by bad roads since January 2014. To enter, drivers must submit a photo or scan of their itemized repair bill, along with the contact information of their mechanic or body shop to verify the repair, at justfixtheroads.com/contest. Drivers can also submit photos of their vehicle’s damage and the specific pothole(s) they hit.
Entrants are encouraged to use the Contact Your Legislator tool available on the contest website to urge their state legislators to invest in transportation. Other details of the Pothole Pocketbook Contest are as follows:
• MITA will announce additional winners on March 31.
• Each winner will receive a check for the cost of the repair, not to exceed $500.
MITA is a leading advocate for increased infrastructure funding in Michigan to save lives and money. For more information, visit www.mi-ita.com or www.justfixtheroads.com.