It's early morning. Your driving into work, and... BAM! A nasty pothole jumps out in front of you! Ugh! How many times has this happened to you? It's okay, I already know the answer. Fact is, right now the City of Pittsfield is wrought with these nasty little craters that can do everything from throw your car out of alignment to breaking an axel. That's when you can already feel your wallet getting just a little bit lighter.
There is some good news though. Help is on the way...
The city has been getting complaints left and right about the potholes that are scattered around the city's roads. A post on the Pittsfield City Hall Facebook page delivered the welcomed news yesterday. According to the post, pothole work usually begins in the spring, but with the current conditions and amount of pothole reports, something needed to be done right away.
(Pictured above - A particularly hairy stretch of Valentine Road just past the new Taconic High School)
Here's a look at where crews are expected to be working today (Thursday 2/10):
Expect to see several crews and their vehicles out throughout the city working specifically on potholes in multiple locations today including Center, East, Newell, West, Linden, and Wahconah streets; Barker and Valentine roads; and Federico Drive.
(Above: Potholes at the intersection of Valentine Road, West Street, and Jason Street)
Work is actually already underway...
Highway Superintendent Vinny Barbarotta says that crews have begun repairing potholes with hot mix blacktop, a new product, that will allow the repairs to last longer:
This is not a normal pothole patrol. It’s still winter time and cold, but it’s needed. We have the chance to do this work with temperatures on our side... This stuff is a better product. It’s faster, easier, and will allow us to get ahead of the game.
The repairs are scheduled to last all day, so the highway crews ask that you please use caution when traveling in these areas.
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You can help!
If you know of a location in need of pothole repair, you can use the City’s app PittSMART to report it. Access the app, HERE.
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