February 22, 2014 at 1:00 am

Pothole problem pushes Metro drivers, officials past point of frustration

Macomb County Department of Roads employees Don Deman and Tom Smith patch potholes on Mound Road north of 18 Mile in Sterling Heights Friday morning. Officials said Friday they are pursuing a coordinated effort to get more road repair funding to try to tackle the increasing problem. (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)

Sterling Heights — Bone-rattling potholes created by the mid-winter thaw are causing problems for Metro drivers and road crews trying to keep up with the surge in sinkholes while stretching budgets already at their limits due to near-record snowfall.

On Friday, Macomb County Department of Roads employees Don Deman and Tom Smith patched potholes on Mound Road near 18 Mile as county and state officials called at a nearby BP gas station for more money for road fixes.

Before the event, Laura Davis, 45, of Macomb Township pulled into the station with a flat caused by a pothole on Mound. She was running late for work, so County Executive Mark Hackel changed the tire to get her on her way.

The state Senate on Thursday OK’d shifting $100 million from road repairs to help counties and the Michigan Department of Transportation make immediate fixes. Macomb would get about $2.4 million, Oakland about $3.9 million and Wayne about $3.7 million.

The state House still must vote on the plan.

— The Detroit News

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, left, gets help from Vince Viviano, ... (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)