When the government ran out of cash, these friends decided to fix their hometown’s potholes themselves

In addition to being difficult to pronounce, it’s also apparently difficult to drive in Hamtramck, Mich. The city, which borders Detroit, is suffering from a plague of potholes on city streets.

The city only emerged from its state-ordered financial emergency status in December, and road repairs have been limited due to the cash crunch.

So a group of local residents agreed over beers that they should do something about it. And unlike many such agreements reached over beers, this one actually seems to have led to something positive.

guerilla group fixing potholes

Michigan Public Radio reports Jessica Paris and her friends bought a bag of cold patch and fixed up all the potholes on the roads on their block. That worked out pretty well, so now they’re planning on tackling all of the potholes on Hamtramck’s residential streets.

The group, now calling itself “Hamtramck Guerrilla Road Repair” has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to fix potholes on 120 residential blocks that aren’t a priority for the city. As of Wednesday morning, they’ve raised $2,848 of their $5,000 goal.

The guerilla group fixing potholesMaritza Gee and Tabi Hojna, via Mlive.com

This sounds like it could be a legal nightmare, but the city seems cool with it so far. Paris said the city manager provided her with a list of roads the city currently plans on fixing so that they don’t cross paths. In an interview on MLive.com, Mayor Karen Majewski gave the project her tacit endorsement, calling it “so distinctly Hamtramck, so endearingly Hamtramck.”

If you’re still wondering, that’s pronounced ham-tram-ick.