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Time for Pothole Patrol

Canton Township officials encourage residents to report potholes and other hazardous road conditions to Wayne County.

The freeze-thaw cycles of winter are taking a toll on the roads. But don't call offices to report crevasses and potholes.

Townships are not required to maintain roads and in Canton, such work belongs to Wayne County's Department of Public Services, specifically the roads division, which has a 24-hour toll-free hotline 888-ROAD CREW (888-762-3739) for reporting damaged roads. The county may reimburse for vehicle damage caused by road hazards. The Michigan Department of Transportation has a similar program.

Wayne County is responsible for more than 250 miles of the 373 miles of roads in Canton. Individual homeowner associations maintain more than 85 miles of roads and the state is responsible for the remaining 33.57 miles. The township does not pave or resurface roads, either, but homeowners can make an agreement for to pay a special assessment to the township for residential street maintenance, according to a statement issued this week by the township's municipal services department.

"By not owning the roads, Canton avoids legal liability," the township's statement said. "Regional maintenance operations on the road system also save money. For example, Wayne County buys supplies, vehicles, salt, etc. in bulk, therefore providing more services for less money than the township would pay on its own."

The township does offer road construction project information via Facebook and Twitter, at facebook.com/cantonmsd and twitter.com/cantonmsd.

Steve March 12, 2011 at 01:05 AM
Where to begin? Canton Center before it merges with Sheldon is a real mess! I have people in from out-of-state who cannot believe how bad the roads are here! Where are my tax dollars going? Surely not to road repair or maintenance!
Colleen Werner March 12, 2011 at 04:10 AM
Elmhurst between Ford Rd. and Gordon. There are so many potholes on this dirt road you can't even avoid them
Lori March 21, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Lilley Road between Warren and Joy is horrible!!! It's dangerous to swerve onto oncoming traffic just to try to avoid them all!!!
Steve March 21, 2011 at 09:27 PM
HA! Original post on the 11th- just got an estimate to replace the struts for a little over $500 as I hit a pothole and ruined the right front strut!
Mike Furton March 27, 2011 at 10:44 PM
My son has ruined (2) tires and a wheel in the past (3) weeks to the tune of at least $480. The road is terrible. Lilley just north of Warren southbound has potholes that will swallow a complete tire on a smaller car. I agree with the post above that someone dodging these holes is going to run into oncoming traffic. Just fill the holes. It seemed that somebody started to fill them a couple of weeks ago near to the bridge a little further north but never finished the job. Somebody will really get hurt there especially at night with the 45MPH speed limt!!! I supose as usual that is what it will take.

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