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It's pothole season, and now there's help

March 11, 2013 - Steve Murch
The weather is changing and we're heading toward spring. We aren't there yet, but we closer today than we were yesterday (OK, so it's a reach to say that, but it's still true).

As is customary this time of year, weight restrictions on many local roads and we are starting to see some signs of frost affecting streets and roads. And with those we are seeing potholes. Over the weekend I managed to avoid all the potholes I encountered, but there were more this weekend than there has been, so it's getting more difficult to avoid them.

Just in time for pothole season comes a contest from the Michigan Transportation Team, which is a “a partnership of businesses, associations and individuals with the common goal on improving Michigan's transportation network,” according to a press release from MTT.

You can earn up to $500 from MTT, but there is a bit of a catch. To call it a contest might be a stretch because your car has to wind up in the shop due to being damaged by a pothole. Still, getting money to help pay for the damage isn't a bad thing.

According to the press release, here’s how the Pothole Pocketbook Contest works:

* The contest is open to all Michigan-licensed drivers aged 18 or older who have experienced vehicle repairs caused by bad roads in 2013. * To enter, drivers must submit a photo or scan of their repair bill at justfixtheroads.com/contest along with providing the contact information of their mechanic or body shop to verify the repair. * Drivers who submit a photo of their vehicle’s damage are eligible for a bonus entry in the contest. * By submitting a photo of the pothole that led to the damage, drivers will earn a second bonus entry in the contest. * The Michigan Transportation Team will select one winner at random on March 15, March 22, March 29 and April 5. * Each winner will receive a check for the cost of the repair, not to exceed $500. * Entrants are encouraged to use the Contact Your Legislator tool available on the contest website to urge their state legislators to invest in transportation.

So, if you hit a pothole and it does damage to your vehicle, you have a chance to get some help with the bills. Heaven knows this time of year you have an increased possibility of hit one.

 
 

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