WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Route 5, or Riverdale Street, in West Springfield, is notorious for potholes. Now, construction to permanently repair parts of the road is causing more problems for drivers.
22News took a go-pro camera down Riverdale Street on Tuesday; traveling south toward to the I-91 on-ramp. You can see several potholes, heaves, and divots across both lanes.
Deanna Perrier of South Hadley told 22News, “It’s horrible. Dodging potholes left and right, swerving. It’s really bad for your car. It needs to be fixed. I know with the weather conditions, it’s hard, but it’s dangerous driving like that, especially at night.”
The go pro camera was shaking as we drove over many potholes along the only lane of open traffic through the Route 5 tunnel. Last Spring, potholes along that stretch of Route 5 caused dozens of flat tires and closed the tunnel for about two months.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is funding a $4.8 million project to permanently repair the road through the tunnel. That’s not expected to be done until this June.
If you see a pothole, please call MassDOT at 857-DOT-INFO (857-368-4636), Toll Free at 877-MA-DOT-GOV (877-623-6846), or visit our online contact information web page to send us an e-mail.