Potholes prove costly for U.S. drivers

By Chris Swick
March 10, 2016

A recent study conducted by AAA revealed that American motorists are paying through the teeth for vehicle damages caused by hitting potholes.

“Vehicle repair bills related to pothole damage have cost U.S. drivers $15 billion over the last five years,” Jim Hanni, AAA executive vice president of public, said in an interview with the Kansas Information Network. "Or an average of $3 billion annually."

According to Hanni, about 10 percent of drivers in the Midwest say they’ve dealt with repair costs associated with potholes at least once in the last five years.

For the City of McPherson, the street department relies on citizens to report potholes for patching on city streets.

“People complain about them, and obviously we don't drive around and look for potholes to fill, but any time anybody has a complaint or a pothole in a certain area,” Larry Wiens, McPherson City Streets and Utilities Commissioner, said, “they'll give us the address or give us their phone number so we can contact them. We're doing what we can.”

The street department typically responds to pothole reports within 24 hours. Potholes can be reported the McPherson Public Works Department at 245-2545.