Potholes costing drivers billions in repairs

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Cars are lined up for pothole inflected repairs at the Welker Tire and Alignment service station in Springfield. Brigitte Vodding blew a tire when her car hit a pothole. “You can’t look everywhere and I bumped into a pothole on the right,” she explained, “and that was the end of my tire.”

Almost everyone 22News approached had a story to tell about what happened when they drove over a pothole. David Scheiner said “I’m on the road I do every day and I hit a pothole, blew out a tire, It was unavoidable, could really see it was too close to avoid it.”

Welker Tire’s Gary Leyden said replacing blown tires are the most common repair made at his service station during the pothole season, but added “there’s also a lot of front end damage on the vehicle, you just can’t avoid them, I mean you avoid one you hit the other.” Leyden recommends drivers stay as close to the middle of the road as possible, because many of the deepest potholes at closer to the sidewalks.

The more permanent pothole filler called hotpatch will be available to department of public works repair crews by April 1st. But for some western Massachusetts drivers, it can’t come soon enough.

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