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Submit a photo of Michigan's worst pothole for the 'Pothole Madness Bracket'

Posted: 1:08 PM, Mar 05, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-05 13:08:56-05
I-696, I-75 and Telegraph to see pothole repairs by MDOT crews

(WXYZ) — Pothole season is near, but but you can enter photos of the worst pothole in the state for a "Pothole Madness" bracket.

Fix MI State is hosting the bracket challenge where residents across the state are encouraged to submit photos of their worst pothole.

The challenge, beginning March 9, will run through early April. The winner will receive a $1,000 gift card to a tire repair shop to spend on their pothole-damaged tires.

“Even as a short-term solution for our state trunk lines has been identified, Michigan continues to fail in identifying a long-term solution to fix our crumbling roads – particularly local driveway to highway streets and roads,” said Mike Nystrom, executive vice president with the Michigan Infrastructure &
Transportation Association, in a press release. “Our elected officials may be satisfied with the current road repair policies, but Michiganders are not. The least we can do is showcase our roads and help a family make needed car repairs.”

From March 9 to March 16, residents are encouraged to submit their pothole photos to the Fix MI Facebook and Twitter channels.

The campaign will select the worst potholes for entrance in the Pothole Madness bracket. Resdients can vote on the "winners" through the bracket, with a final winner announced in April.

“We know the road industry is doing all they can to keep on top of our infrastructure with the current available resources. The ‘Pothole Madness’ challenge will remind our lawmakers of the depth of our road maintenance problems and the very real costs drivers face whenever they receive a new bill for mounting car repair costs caused by the failure of the state to invest in our infrastructure,” Nystrom said.