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DPW Crews Are Out There Filling those Pot Holes

Pot HolesCHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Now that spring is here so are the crews filling pot holes and there are plenty of them out there.

With people outside enjoying themselves, and with the snow melting, increasingly you’ll be seeing DPW workers out filling those holes in the road.

And in this first full week of spring, another first.

The temporary cold patch used during the winter months has now been replaced with the more permanent hot patch.

Mike Carra with the Chicopee DPW says, “The hot patch sticks a lot better once it’s in the hole verses the cold patch. Cold patch once some water gets underneath it pops right back out.”

Which is something apparent to anyone who drives here in Western Mass.

The constant thawing and freezing is doing a number on our roads.

We spoke with Tom Laquori from West Springfield who says, “I hit a pot hole and the next thing I know, I’m going and the tires going flat. So from the impact when I hit that hole, it must’ve popped a tire or something because I only made it about 50 feet and it was flat.”

West Springfield resident, Joe Foresi told us, “The car bounces, but I don’t know what it’s done to my springs, because I’m not an expert on springs. But it was bad.”

Pot holes have become such a problem it’s not only motorists who need to watch out for them. We found a woman who actually fell into one.

“I tripped over one, crossing the street the other day. Not even in my (car), I tripped over a pot hole,” says Brittany Zotter who’s from West Springfield.

So for now, keep an eye on the roads whether you’re walking or driving and know crews are out there filling those holes almost as fast as Mother Nature creates them.

If you want to report a pot hole, just click here for the “Pot Hole Reporter.”


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