Recent rains made pothole problems even worse

Available hot patch provides more permanent solution to the problem

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Pothole problems continue to plague drivers in western Massachusetts, and the heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Thursday have only made matters worse.

Chicopee DPW crews were out Friday morning, filling potholes in the city’s Willimansett neighborhood. Most of these potholes are still filled with water from the rain the night before.

“It always does, rain opens up the potholes and makes them grow,” Chicopee DPW foreman Dan Summers said.

The good news is that at this point in the season, there is plenty of “hot patch” to go around. The more permanent pothole solution is not generally available earlier in the year, where the temporary “cold patch” filler has to be used instead.

Summers told 22News that the pothole patching they are doing Friday should be able to keep the holes filled through the rest of the spring and summer. He predicts the majority of Chicopee potholes will be filled within the next two to three weeks.