Some nasty potholes are gobbling up wheels and tires, and Washtenaw County drivers are paying the price.
One tipster told WEMU last night that a pothole on Packard Road just west of Platt had a line of cars pulled over to the side of the road with flat tires.
Jason Gary has seen the damage first-hand. He's parts manager at AutoMotion in Ann Arbor, where they've seen a lot of bent rims.
Gary says if a wheel can't be balanced or repaired, it's sent to a wheel straightener in the Detroit area. He says they usually make two or three trips a week to Detroit, but lately they've been sending two or three wheels a day to the vendor.
Gary says the potholes in our area are the worst he's seen in almost 20 years of living in Michigan.
That's consistent with a warning earlier this week from the state transportation director, who warned the pothole season may be the worst drivers have experienced.