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D.O.T. Pledges to Permanently Patch Pothole-Ridden Route 5

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) —  When Chris Dutton of Springfield headed to Costco Thursday, a brand new tire wasn’t on his shopping list, but it is now on his car.

“We were driving home, just came right through the underpass and ‘baboom,’ instantly heard air, ‘ssssss,’ so I had to get to the next rotary to get off,” he said.

It’s a story West Springfield Mayor Ed Sullivan has heard time and time again this month.

“Since my first few days in office, it’s been a huge concern,”  Sullivan said. “One of the highest call concerns.”

That’s why he started a pothole patrol hotline for residents to alert the town. However, because Route 5 is a state road, Sullivan also sat down with the Department of Transportation to figure out why those pesky pot holes keep popping up.

“They were very receptive, they are going to try to keep pace with the pot hole issue, keep sending their guys down to patch them as they are created,” Sullivan said.

And yes, permanent plans are in the mix for surface reconstruction near the Route 5 tunnel when the weather warms.

“That’s where the worst is and the problem they have is not only is it the rain water where it freezes and pops but also the ground water coming up from the river so it’s coming in from both ways,” he said.

And in the process, costing drivers like Dutton hundreds of dollars.

“It’s very frustrating because, you know, it’s hard times, I don’t have money to replace tires every time they pop,” Dutton said. “I buy the warranty after I buy the new tire but you have to buy the new tire to get the new warranty. So, it’s been kind of like roulette.”

A dangerous game D.O.T. pledges to end, one way or another.

D.O.T. has given Sullivan their word they will get crews out to work on the road whenever repairs are needed. However, you can help that by calling Mayor Sullivan’s pothole hotline at 413-495-1891 ext. 1874.


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