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MDOT’s “Reality Check” Examines Pothole Patching Practices

A new “Reality Check” video and information sheet from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) looks at why potholes are patched like they are, and why the patch can’t possibly be a permanent repair.

“Many think that pothole patches just don’t last because they’re not patched right the first time, and I can tell you from personal experience that’s not the case,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “MDOT, county and municipal crews are patching them as quickly as possible to reduce damage to vehicles, but a lasting fix will require much more.”

The latest video and fact sheet covers that common claim about pothole patching, and why a proper repair and prevention of future potholes will require greater investment in Michigan’s roads:

Reality Check #3: Fix Potholes Right the First Time

Myth: Road crews just throw some asphalt in the potholes to fix them. They need to fix them right the first time so it lasts.

Reality: Pothole patches are just that – a patch. A true fix will require much more.

Throughout the year, MDOT will continue to take on more transportation myths. Future topics will include issues like: why signs are replaced when they are, the safety of roundabouts, truck weights, road-building standards, and the effect of gas prices on fuel tax revenues. The first three myths, and the facts that deflate them, are available at www.michigan.gov/realitycheck.

Reality Check Fact Sheet 3- Potholes.pdf

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