Potholes are once again becoming a problem, and if you’ve been out on the roads, you’ve probably seen them.
Winter weather and early spring moisture create a freeze-thaw cycle resulting in the many potholes drivers are seeing on major highways across the state.
Potholes form as a result of water seeping into small cracks in the roadway surface. As temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands, making the cracks larger.
One driver told 22News, he’s seen an increase in potholes in and around the city of Springfield. “I actually hit a pothole and had to replace an axel on my truck the other day, $400,” said Gabriel Correa.
Like Correa, many local drivers dodge potholes daily to avoid pothole-related repairs, which in some cases can exceed $1,000.
“Pot holes are the worst,” Carltio Greenidge of Springfield told 22News. “It’s the city that’s quick to take from you but they’re hard to give. I’ve definitely been through some situations where I hit some potholes and messed up my car.”
Massachusetts laws differ depending on whether the problem is a city, town, or state road. Pothole damage on city or town roads should be reported to the DPW or highway department of that community.
The commonwealth is legally responsible for personal injuries only due to road defects while traveling on state highways.
If you’re ever faced with damage caused by a roadway defect you can file a written claim with MassDOT.