Road Crews Struggle To Keep Up With Potholes

By Beth Germano, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – It is the unmistakable sound of the road, wheels hitting potholes. It’s a problem communities are dealing with, as their road crews are still dealing with snow removal.

“I am kind of driving all over the place to avoid potholes,” said driver Gina Kleniewski.

It’s led to broken wheel guards, broken hubcaps, bent and broken rims, blown tires, and leading drivers right to the auto body shop.

“We’re seeing everyday three or four cars coming in,” said Bill Croente or Creonte Autobody in Waltham, who says it’s been difficult to keep up with the demand.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

In Somerville, DPW commissioner Stan Koty says his crews just started getting to potholes this week, knowing it’s a public safety issue.

“We’ve been knocking down snow mounds to get drivers around, we’re dealing with the whole program all at the same time,” he said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports.

Six tons of asphalt was put down today to cover the potholes, and he says they’ll do six tons everyday this week until they catch up. And the fix is only temporary with snow still on the ground.

“It’s getting cold tonight, next week it’ll be fifty again, and more potholes will open.”

And if there’s more snow, plows will dig them up once again. Koty calls this winter a “budget buster.”

Drivers say in narrow lanes of traffic rimmed by snow, it’s hard to avoid the potholes that sit like craters in the middle or the side of the road.

“You only have two lanes, everyone is in traffic,” said driver Hector Montesino.

Read: Who Pays For Pothole Damage

This winter, state road maintenance has already eaten up the initial $58 million budget, and has nearly exhausted the supplemental budget.

Where are the worst potholes you’ve seen?

Comments

One Comment

  1. Brendan says:

    93 and 95 are terrible. They really need to rework the entire roadway. Large sections are coming up in multiple areas.

  2. Brad says:

    Probably the best times to fix pot holes are during the morning and evening commutes.

  3. Ron says:

    Why doesn’t MA try rubberized asphalt for a change? They last longer and have been employed successfully elsewhere.

  4. j says:

    Rubberized asphalt if it does last longer that is exactly why it wont be used.
    It is Massachusetts after all, if it’s broke don’t fix it, if there is something better don’t use it. We need to use the money for other things. Ya know Cash back off the card, cell phones with 80 or more units a month the best health care, and I am not talking about you Mr and Mrs tax payer.

    J

  5. DPB says:

    I live on the Mass/ NH border. Take any road from Mass into NH and the difference is obvious. Tell me again why Massachusetts spends ten times as much per mile as NH?

  6. Dan Moreau says:

    I AGREE WITH DPB AS SOON AS YOU CROSS THE NH LINE THE ROADS ARE SMOOTH SAILING..I DO NOT GET HOW OTHER STATES CAN KEEP UP THERE ROADS AND HYWS. THE MONEY HAS TO GO SOMEPLACE HERE

  7. mark says:

    I have to agree roads are better in N.H

  8. John says:

    The roads in MA are worse because all the NH wannabes live in Mass and don’t want to spend money to fix our roads. Instead we continue to comlain about thier condition.

  9. GINA says:

    IN BELMONT WE HAVE THE POTHOLES ALL YEAR ROUND. IT’S NOT JUST A WINTER THING. SOMETHING MUST BE WRONG SOMEWHERE.

  10. KF4766 says:

    The problem is the temporary fix is done, but they never seem to get around to the permanent fix and that just makes it worse in subsequent years.

  11. Chris says:

    The Jamaicaway and Riverway have many potholes – creating a very dangerous safety issue. Cars are trying to avoid the large and deep potholes by swerving around them, crossing lanes – even to oncoming traffic. These potholes, which get larger and deeper every day, must be repaired and fixed immediately – before seious accidents happen. In particular, the area between the Brookline Avenue and Pond Street (Jamaica Pond Boat House) on the Jamaicaway and Riverway are the dangerous potholes.

  12. Ed Imbier says:

    A New Haven group has developed a web system for reporting local problems such as potholes, with location tags. It is called http://www.seeclickfix.com. It is in response to transparency initiative in Government 2.0. It appears that some are using the site to report problems like missing signs and road damage here in Belmont. I wonder if anyone in town government is using the site to take action?

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