According to the MDOT website, potholes are created when snow and ice melt as part of Michigan’s seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. Moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and thaws, creating a gap in the pavement. As vehicles drive over the gap, the pavement weakens leading to a pothole. We are seeing that thawing and freezing cycle this week and into the weekend, so be especially aware of possible potholes. Use MDOT’s Report a Pothole form or call 888-296-4546 to report potholes on state roads. Most state roads begin with M, I or US designations (e.g., I-75, M-28, US-23, etc.). Your report will be forwarded to the appropriate MDOT region staff for action. To report other potholes, contact your county or local unit of government. And for everyone’s safety, please remember to slow down near pothole crews.