Temporary pothole fixes frustrate drivers

Posted at 2:20 PM, Feb 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 14:20:09-05

Two weeks ago crews from Lansing Public Service Department took advantage of the warm weather to fill in potholes in Glenwood Avenue and across the city.

"It was my understanding that they filled some of the holes, I honestly never really noticed it because by the time I left, the holes were still there" said Becky Winburn, who lives on Glenwood.

For the past 10 years Winburn has lived on the street and to her and her neighbors, things have only gotten worse.

"It's an ongoing thing here, we notice it all the time. As you go down the street it just gets worse and worse," said Winburn. "It's not even a heavily traveled street."

Michigan Department of Transportation's Kari Arend understands Winburn's and her neighbor's frustration on the temporary fix.

"These are short term fixes that we are doing out there but again in terms of safety we do need to get out there as soon as they are reported to us and fix those to keep the road in good driving condition" said Arend.

Since the road funding plan hasn't gone into effect yet Arend says the department is doing the best they can with limited resources.

"On some of these roads its not the ideal fix but in terms of the safety we need to get out there address those immediate maintenance needs such as potholes that we need to fill" Arend said.

Until the road funding goes into effect and roads start getting fixed Winburn and many other drivers will have to be patient.