WILX-TV: Pothole Hell Video Shows Awful Roads
Thursday, February 19, 2009
link: "Pothole Hell" Video Shows Awful Roads
When the mission to fix potholes hits a-- well, pothole-- take your case to the Internet.
The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association has been on this crusade to get lawmakers to boost transportation funding. It's taken its pothole contest to another level.
MITA produced and posted a video on YouTube.com. It's a ride-along look at some of the worst roads in the state-- including Michigan Avenue and Willow Street in Lansing. There's also good stuff from Detroit.
"We didn't have to search far and wide to find these (potholes)," said Mike Nystrom, spokesman for MITA.
A recent task force study showed Michigan needs to double its transportation funding from $3 billion dollars to $6 billion dollars just to make basic improvements. MITA thinks this is a direct threat to both public safety and our economy.
"The roads here in Michigan are in pretty rough shape," said Nystrom. "Our roads are crumbling, our bridges are falling down-- concrete falling off our bridges."
That same report also found Michigan's transportation funding is half to one-tenth the funding in other states like Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland and Minnesota.
In the end, it's just our effort to show the general public the dramatic need we have."
MITA is encouraging people to make their own videos and post them to YouTube, but there's no contest for that. There is one, however, for best picture of a pothole.
Go back to the wilx.com homepage and click on the hot button to link to the website for that contest and to post videos. The best four win $318 bucks when the winners are chosen at the end of March.