Major pothole patching work continues across WMass

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Workers for the West Springfield DPW be happy if they don’t see another pothole until next year. Just when they thought they had the pothole problem under control, snow and rain followed by warmer weather created another 25 to 30 percent more potholes.

“Our potholes just sprang right out all the materials we put in there the week before, all came out before they had a change to heal in and set,” DPW Deputy Operations Director Geoffrey McAlmond said.

22News followed the work crews as they just finished applying hot patch to a large area on busy Union Street.

Foreman Richard Barba has just about had it with potholes after having helped fill nearly 1,000 so far this season.

“Crazy out here day and night just filling potholes keeping the chill off of them. Just fill them that’s all we do, fill them,” he said.

The potholes filled so far this season are more than twice the number during a normal year. It is estimated that filling potholes won’t be finished at least until the end of May.

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