Detroit Free Press: Turn that road crater into cash
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Detroit Free Press
Turn that road crater into cash
Here’s a way make money off that ruinous pothole you’re warning everyone to avoid.
A road-improvement group is holding a contest to find the state’s worst, most menacing chuckholes. Three winners will receive what the Michigan Transportation Team calls “service center scholarships” of $318, the average amount the group says bad roads cost motorists each year.
The transportation team is a coalition of road industry, business, labor, government and other groups pushing for increased funding to improve the state’s battered roads. The group says the contest is part of its efforts to show bad roads threaten public safety and hinder the state’s economy.
This season’s early, intense pothole season shows the need for more funding said Mike Nystrom, vice president of government and public relations for the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association and co-chair of the Michigan Transportation Team.
“Driving in Michigan shouldn’t be an off-road experience,” Nystrom said. “This contest is one way to focus attention on the deterioration of our roads during what regrettably has become known as ‘pothole season.’ ”
To enter, submit pictures at
www.drivemi.org, the Web site of the Michigan Transportation Team. Entries will be accepted through midnight March 28. Winners will be decided by public vote and announced the week of April 1.