Crews Race To Fill Potholes On Boston Marathon Route

HOPKINTON (CBS) -If you think the spring potholes are brutal on your tires, imagine what they’re like for marathon runners. “If you run on the right side when you’re going into the city, for example, and you’re not paying attention, you’re drifting away when you run, and you hit one of these potholes and you just fall forward,” says runner Bill Mcman, who’s finished 5 marathons.

That’s why¬†crews are scrambling to fill cracks and potholes along a 26.2 mile stretch of roadway.

They have until Monday before thousands of competitive runners run the route from Hopkinton to Boston.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

The pavement is still recovering from one of its worst weather beatings ever this winter.

“The streets have put up with a lot of salt, a lot of sand. It’s a real mess,” says Commissioner Joanne Massaro. She says rain in the forecast this weekend adds to the challenge. “If there is a pothole, the rain will just get under it and just kind of loosen it up a little bit more,” says Massaro.
She says public works managers will be out Friday and the rest of the weekend riding the route to make sure it’s smooth.
WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager contributed to this report
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  1. PB87 says:

    God forbid they keep the roads in good shape for those of us who use them every day. I mean, marathoners are so much more important than the rest of us peons.

    1. MamaKas says:

      Same exact thing went through my head as soon as I read this. Just bought a new car in January and the potholes have done a number on it already. I try to avoid them, but sometimes they span the entire road and you have no alternative. Every single road seems to be trashed. It is really irritating, and could be fatal to those on motorcycles and bicycles, never mind the inconvenience suffered by runners who choose to race.

    2. Ben Dover says:

      Wah, wah, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Maybe if you got off of your fat a$$ once in a while you’d know what it’s like out there!

      1. DAN says:

        YOU CAN BEN DOVER AND KISS YOUR A$$

  2. dan says:

    YOU GUYS ARE RIGHT. I’VE BEEN LIVING ON MY STREET FOR 30 YEARS AND NOT ONCE HAS IT EVER BEEN PAVED OR REPAIRED

  3. giselle900 says:

    I say leave the pot holes and give us the ‘home field advantage’!!

  4. Joanie Benoit says:

    One day a year they worry about potholes while the other 364 they say that
    it takes time to help those who use the roads every day. I’ll bet that the top 100 are used to running on bad roads and it doesn’t bother them. My question for Ben Dover is this. Is Ben Gay?

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