The above illustrations provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) explain how potholes are created. As temperatures are returning to above freezing, we can anticipate potholes in many of our roads. The severity of the potholes vary with the winter weather.
You can report potholes found on Alpine Township roads directly to the Kent County Road Commission at 616-242-6950 or to Alpine Township Supervisor Alex Arends at 616-784-1262, or e-mail him at email@example.com. For potholes on interstates and state highways, you can fill out a form on MDOT's website or call 888-296-4546
Last year, the Road Commission did an effective job in repairing potholes, particularly those that caused serious danger. Please keep in mind that Alpine Township is not the only community served by the Road Commission. Many of the potholes receive only a temporary fix because the cost of hot asphalt is prohibitive until later in the year.
If you wish to blow off some steam, you also have the option to report the pothole on line to an organization called DriveMI. Potholes can be reported right from this site but it is unsure if this site is monitored by the road commission. But at least you can feel better. WZZM reported earlier that since Valentines Day, over 650 potholes have been reported to this site, with 40 from Kent County alone.
The Michigan Transportation Team (MTT) recently announced an online petition drive for citizens who are tired of driving on pothole-riddled streets. Although the petition is non-binding and will not change the law, the names of petition signers will be presented to state policymakers to demonstrate the level of support in Michigan for investing in our state’s infrastructure.