LANSING, Mich. - Want to avoid rim-busting potholes on your way into work? There may be an app for that.
A house bill introduced this week calls for an online database that lists potholes on Michigan highways.
While the Michigan Department of Transportation already takes pothole reports, a bill introduced by Rep. Leslie Love, D-Detroit, would put that information online.
Under House Bill 5815, the state-maintained website would include information on the pothole's location and when it was reported.
Companion bills would also change requirements for filing claims against the state and enhance payouts for cars battered by potholes. The state oversees claims for roads that begin with the letters I, M or U.S.
Michigan law currently allows drivers to file claims for damage caused by faulty roads. The way it stands now, the state is only liable for potholes that have gone 30 or more days without repair. Payouts are for less than $1,000; anything topping $1,000 must be handled in court.
State Rep. Patrick Green introduced a bill to reduce the time frame to seven days. He’s also backing a measure that would let the state pay claims of less than $5,000 without having to go to court.
“Some of these potholes can damage cars far beyond a thousand dollars,’’ he said.
Green said 267 damage claims were filed with the state for the 2017 fiscal year; only nine resulted in settlements of less than $1,000 each.
“When the first change in weather came, all of us in Lansing got so many phone calls about road conditions,’’ said Green, D-Warren. “People are fed up.''
The three-bill package has been referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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