‘Guerrilla’ Road Repair Crew Takes Over Potholes in Hamtramck [PHOTO]
"While the city is doing a great job with the major roads, it's still true that the balance of Hamtramck's roads need help. That's where we come in."
First, here's what we all know: the roads in Michigan are terrible. In fact, a national transportation non-profit group just conducted research and found that the roads in Genesee County, in particular, are the worst in the nation.
We're all skeptical of the state government's handling of the road situation: why aren't they being fixed? Where's the money to fix them? In Hamtramck, a group of friends is taking matters into their own hands.
“I refer to our roads as the surface of the moon,” says Jessica Paris. “There are holes that are seriously big enough to take the tire off of a small car, and literally no way to avoid going into them because the entire road was cratered up.”
They call themselves Hamtramck Gerrilla Road Repair.
“We just decided to do something about it,” she said. “Our city is doing a fantastic job with the resources that it has. But they don’t have enough resources to take care of all the roads."
One of the guys in their group knew where he could get a deal on some cold patch, so he then learned how to actually patch a pothole. When they went out on Saturday to do repairs, neighbors cheered and gave them high-fives. In fact, the city manager is giving them an updated list of roads that need attention so that they can head out again this weekend.
They're trying to raise $5,000 to fix all the roads in the city that need repair. Here's their GoFundMe site, if you'd like to donate.
Wow. All of a sudden, our "flowers in potholes" campaign doesn't seem very exciting, does it? Good luck, road crew! Thank you for your hard work!