Potholes occur when snow and ice melt during Michigan’s seasonal freeze-thaw cycle. The resulting water seeps beneath the pavement through cracks caused by the wear and tear of traffic. As the temperatures cool to freezing overnight, the water becomes ice and expands below the pavement, forcing the pavement to rise. As the weight of traffic continues to pound on this raised section – and the temperatures once again rise above freezing – a shallow divot occurs under the surface and the pavement breaks, forming a pothole.
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If you are reporting a pothole that poses an immediate danger, please contact GTCRC at (231) 922-4848.
For all other potholes, please report using the map below or by using the GTCRC Citizen Problem Reporter here. If you have a picture of the pothole, please include it when you report via Citizen Problem Reporter.
A pothole is typically fixed by cleaning out the loose debris and filling it with hot or cold asphalt patch.