With pothole season upon Michigan drivers, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive on Wednesday ordering the Michigan Department of Transportation to speed up pothole repairs on state highways as part of her continued effort "to fix the damn roads." Whitmer announced the signing of Executive Directive 2022-2 in a press release on Wednesday, stating "no family should have to spend their hard-earned money on repairing a flat tire or a broken axle caused by these potholes." "That\u2019s why I\u2019m directing the state transportation department to speed up pothole repairs," she continued in the release. "We\u2019re kicking this into overdrive, using overtime pay and contractors to get the job done, while we continue broader improvement projects across the state." State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba agreed, stating in the release that "potholes are dangerous and damage vehicles. The way to prevent this is to continue fixing the roads and bridges the right way the first time."\u00a0 Consistent with the executive directive, Ajegba advised "when we are not clearing roads from the latest storm, our crews will be out fixing potholes as quickly as possible."\u00a0\u00a0The executive directive orders MDOT to prioritize activities related to fixing Michigan\u2019s seasonal potholes, including: Use all available resources to expedite the repair of road surfaces, including overtime pay and contracted services where appropriate. Assess conditions on state highways to identify and prioritize areas for repair. Ensure that the public can easily communicate the location of potholes or other issues with road surfaces and assess and respond to these reports. Ensure timely disbursements of Michigan Transportation Fund dollars to local road agencies to ensure that local authorities have the resources they need to repair potholes and other road surface deterioration. Continue broader road improvement projects, including those that are part of the Rebuilding Michigan Plan, to prevent potholes and other road surface issues from developing in the first place. It also directs the Michigan State Police to provide work zone enforcement and other needed safety support for road crews working on road surface repair projects. Since Whitmer took office in 2019, Michigan has repaired, replaced or rebuilt more than 13,000 lane miles of road and more than\u00a0900 bridges, supporting nearly 82,000 jobs, according to the release. By looking at Google searches for pothole-related complaints going back to 2004, Michigan has the third-worst pothole problems in the nation. AAA estimates U.S. drivers spend nearly $3 billion a year fixing damage caused by potholes. The average repair bill associated with a pothole mishap is $306, according to the agency. In 64% of cases, the repair bill is $250 or less and only 6% of incidents result in a bill that\u2019s more than $1,000. "Of course, how much you pay to repair pothole damage depends on the make and model of your vehicle as well as a number of other factors," AAA stated. "Just replacing a tire can cost you anywhere from $100 to $500 or more, depending on the vehicle you drive." How to file a claim: The Michigan Department of Transportation suggests two options on its website. For damage claims less than $1,000, the agency provides an online form, but for higher value claims, the agency said you\u2019ll need to file a lawsuit.\u00a0 Michigan residents can also 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). Your report will be forwarded to the appropriate MDOT region office for action.