Gov. Whitmer Directs MDOT to Speed Up Pothole Repairs

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive Wednesday, directing the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to speed up pothole repairs on state trunkline highways.

“Dealing with car damage from driving over potholes while on your way to work or school is frustrating for every Michigander. No family should have to spend their hard-earned money on repairing a flat tire or a broken axle caused by these potholes,” said Governor Whitmer in a statement. “That’s why I’m directing the state transportation department to speed up pothole repairs. We’re kicking this into overdrive, using overtime pay and contractors to get the job done, while we continue broader improvement projects across the state. I will continue to work with anyone to fix the damn roads, make long-lasting investments in our infrastructure, and put Michigan first.”

The Executive Directive directs MDOT to prioritize activities related to fixing Michigan’s seasonal potholes, including:   

  • Use all available resources to expedite repair of road surfaces, including overtime pay and contracted services where appropriate. 
  • Assess conditions on state trunkline highways to identify and prioritize areas for repair. 
  • Ensure that the public can easily communicate the location of potholes or other issues with road surfaces on state trunkline highways and assess and respond to these reports.  
  • Ensure timely disbursements of Michigan Transportation Fund dollars to local road agencies to ensure that local authorities have the resources they need to repair potholes and other road surface deterioration. Funding to fix local, non-state roads are appropriated by the Michigan Legislature.
  • Continue broader road improvement projects, including those that are part of the Rebuilding Michigan Plan, to prevent potholes and other road surface issues from developing in the first place. 

A copy of the executive directive can be found here.