The most important rule is that the damage must have been suffered on what is called a state trunkline, that is, a road for which MDOT is responsible. That means a road with a an “M,”I,” or “US” in the designation, such as M-11, US-131, or I-96.
Second, you must be able to prove that MDOT know of the damaged pavement and “failed to maintain the highway in reasonable repair,” according to a release from MDOT Director of Communications Jeff Cranson. That’s by state law.
That can be difficult, “because potholes develop quickly,” said the release. “Few claims are eligible.”
Here’s a summary of the rules:
- Obtain a claim form at the MDOT website.
- The damage must occur on a state trunk line.
- Prove MDOT knew of the problem and had a chance to repair it or that the problem was there for more than 30 days
- File claims of $1,000 or more at MDOT Transportation Center in the area the incident occurred (TSC locations)
- File claims of more than $1,000 at Michigan Court of Claims in Lansing.
Remember, these rules apply to roads MDOT maintains. Local streets and county roads don’t apply here.