“Reality Check” videos respond to myths about road repair


State transportation officials are giving Michigan motorists a “reality check”.

That’s the name of a new campaign that’s been launched by the Department of Transportation.

The effort is aimed at breaking down what officials say are common myths drivers have about the state’s roads.

Every month the department will release a new video informing the public about the problems faced with road repair.

Jeff Cranson is Director of Communications for the Department of Transportation.

He said, “Over the course of a year we’ll be taking a look at all these things and doing what we hope are entertaining, but informative videos to alert the public to these problems and accompanying them with the info-graphics and doing what we can to educate the public on transportation funding so they understand the challenges.”

Cranson said this month’s video examines pothole patching.

Beginning Thursday, MDOT’s “Reality Check” for May will look at the condition of Michigan’s roads compared to other states.

Cranson adds that, “We’re managing the system the best we can with the resources we have. The cities, villages and counties have the same challenges and they’re trying to stretch their dollars as far as they can, but in the end we’re going to have to rebuild our system and the longer we wait the more it’s going to cost.”

“Reality Check” Videos