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State to Close Lanes on I-91 to Repair Problem Pot Holes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Driver beware, a bumpy ride to work left at least half a dozen people with damage to their cars along I-91 in Springfield Friday morning.

“I was just driving normally in the, I think it’s the center lane or the right lane and boom I hit this big thing and I’m wondering what it was,” commuter Brian Collins of Longmeadow said.

He wasn’t alone, and now we know it was two large potholes that caused five separate flat tires for drivers during the height of Friday morning’s commute.

“I’ve got some, you know, loose mechanical things under the front end of my car so obviously it’s from that pot hole,” Collins said.

The holes were found around exit four on I-91 South. Mirta Rodrigues hit them, she takes the highway to work every day.

“It does rattle the car because you don’t expect the hole so you going kind of fast,” Rodrigues said. “You feel comfortable that the road is safe and all of a sudden you hit a pot hole.”

The state says crews temporarily repaired the holes Friday morning to open up the highway. They returned Friday night after the evening rush to make permanent fixes. The state says recent heavy rains likely caused already vulnerable cracks in the road to expand.

“They don’t have to wait for vehicles to get a flat tire at all, Rodrigues commented. “It’s a safety issue.”

Nobody was hurt in the incidents, but those unlucky drivers who slammed into the potholes say it’s mostly a pain because of the hole it leaves in their wallet.

“I’m going to have to take it to my mechanic and see exactly what the problem is and it’s because it of something that was out of my control,” Collins said.

One to two lanes will be closed on I-91 South around exit four as crews repair the road. Drivers should expect some delays.


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