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Weather conditions create potholes across W. Mich.

Updated: Thursday, February 14 2013, 08:51 PM EST
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A nasty freeze-thaw cycle is causing pot-holes to surface across West Michigan.

They've popped up everywhere, turning some of our roads into obstacle courses.

In fact, we've received several phone calls from viewers, complaining about the issue.

The ground expanding and contracting as a result of the fluctuating temperature is being blamed for the holes, which are popping up seemingly everywhere.

"Anywhere water can get underneath the pavement is a prime spot for a pothole," said Nick Schirripa, with the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Today, M-DOT was out in force, taking advantage of the weather.

"They're throwing the material into those holes, trying to fill em the best we can," Schirripa explained.

What they're doing right now is only a temporary fix until temps warm up.

"It really depends on how long the weather stays nice and when we get another snow and how many times we have to plow and blade over it," Schirripa said.

With snow likely on tap for Friday, it's likely the patches won't last long.

"We'll patch the same pot hole 2 to 3 times a season sometimes, depending on size and traffic volume on top of it," said Schirripa.

As the ground continues to freeze and then thaw, M-DOT says that your commute will probably continue to look much the same.

"We try to respond as quickly as we can, because pot holes are obviously more than just a nuisance," Schirripa said. "They can be detrimental to vehicles and cause a lot of damage."

If you need to report a pot hole, you can do so via M-DOT by clicking here.,1607,7-151-9615_30883---,00.html
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