Macomb County, Michigan State Police fight over pothole plan

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (WXYZ) - You've heard of parking wars, but what about pothole wars?

A new debate over calls to 911 when road conditions are less than desirable is putting the Michigan State Police and Macomb County officials at odds.

The Macomb County Executive's Office is urging county residents to call 911 if they see a hazardous pothole on a major roadway, but the Michigan State Police is urging people to only call 911 for an emergency. 

Macomb County officials are saying that the Macomb County Department of Roads has been put on standby to respond quickly to a roadway in need of repair, and that their new command center allows them to receive the calls and respond more efficiently than ever before.

"If the state police are not concerned about the dangers on the roadways, that's up to them. But the Sheriff and County Executive of Macomb County care and we want you to call 911. We know how to prioritize calls in our dispatch center."

They are guaranteeing that if you report the hazardous pothole, it will be assessed and addressed by the Macomb County Department of Roads in an hour or less.

The Michigan State Police is stressing that residents should not call 911 for potholes, asking that they report potholes to MDOT on routes beginning with an "I-", "US-" or "M-" through the Pothole Hotline at 888-296-4546; or by going to

To report them on county or local roads, MSP asks that people please contact the local or county road commission where the potholes are located. 

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