Potholes are becoming a pretty common sight these days

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The weather has definitely been on a roller coaster ride this week. From frigid temperatures, down in the single digits Monday to springlike weather on Thursday with highs making it all the way up into the mid and upper 50s. We also had the heavy rain and then temperatures dropped back down below freezing.

This weather is causing some pretty big potholes to form. “Roads are getting pretty bad, the water gets in the cracks then it freezes up causes a pothole,” said Trevor Wood the Deputy Director of Operations for West Springfield.

Some of those potholes are getting pretty big and if you hit them you could end up with quite a bit of damage to your car.

DPW crews have been out filling them in but this time of year it can be a challenge.

“Winter it’s pretty bad because most of the stations we get the hot patch from are closed so we use the cold patch. The cold patch comes out because it’s not a good seal. Water gets in it so we’re just going back and filling them up,” said Wood.

Wood says the hot patch plants don’t open up until March but there are some places they can get if from for emergency repairs.

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