Repair potholes to keep roads safe for everyone this winter

Nov 30, 2017

To the Editor:

Massachusetts has the worst roads. People always complain about the potholes. It feels like the Massachusetts Department of Transportation hasn't done much work to the roads. I know that 195 is partly paved and has some potholes. When I'm on my way to school from Wareham to the Fairhaven exit, it's normally bumpy, but from Fairhaven to New Bedford it's paved.

I watch the news sometimes and when I did it was on potholes. Potholes are on all of the major highways. I know when I went up to New Hampshire on roads that have potholes, I felt them. But potholes can ruin your cars and people on the news have said that they can.

I have a friend who almost died from potholes. My friend has had his car ruined from potholes. He didn't tell me what highway he was on, but I know he said Boston area. He was driving the speed limit. His car got damaged but he got it repaired.

Also, people don't want to get injured and be in the hospital. My question is, are there potholes in different states? I know when I went up to New Hampshire I didn't see as many potholes as we have in Massachusetts. I don't remember if there were any in Arizona.

Every year before the snow hits, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation should go out and find all of the potholes. The potholes are on the main highways. But they need to maintain the roads all the time, so that means all year. I know if their loved ones got hurt or killed they would want justice for their loved ones.

I hope that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation fixes the highways by maintaining the roads more often. I would hate to see people get hurt or even killed. Maybe in addition to me speaking up something else should too, and maybe the Department of Transportation will listen. If they did that, people would not have their cars getting ruined from potholes. They need to not let the potholes go because people don't want to ruin their cars. Cars can be repaired, but you can't bring people back alive.

Erica Paulino

Comments (6)
Posted by: Rosebud | Dec 01, 2017 08:58

Erica, I believe there are “imperfections” in roads through the U.S.  You are right:  ours are exceptionally dangerous.  Fortunately, President Trump wants to repair our infrastructure—and I assume our highways will be repaired too.  In the meantime, you can call Mass Highway for the area you drive and report the potholes.  Try to be as specific as you can about the location.  And be persistent!  You may have to call more than once.  Last, ask for the person’s name with whom you speak; I find that helps with accountability.

Thanks for taking the time to write with your concerns.  Good luck!

Posted by: cranky pants | Dec 01, 2017 21:44

In other news the production rates of orange barrels and traffic safety cones are on the rise :)

Posted by: bob | Dec 02, 2017 09:23

Just take the amount of orange barrels the town of Wareham uses to cover up there sinking catch ,sewage ,and faulty roads......

Posted by: Rosebud | Dec 02, 2017 09:30

So true, Bob!

Posted by: TOOTTOOT1 | Dec 13, 2017 11:27

Repaving of Charge Pond Rd and replacing of the 5 of 8 street lights would much be appreciated. Im sure the town pays for the electric for them, lets get them working again.

I know its a town rd, but there is more tax revenue coming in from the 18 new homes being built.



Posted by: Curiouscat | Dec 14, 2017 16:08

Have you reported the street lights out?  I know I called a few weeks ago and was told that the town has to send the repairing of street lights out to bid as this is something the town workers do not do.  I was told that a bid was in the works and I was put on a list.  If a street light is not reported, it can't be fixed.  I was also told the repairing of lights is only done about three times a year.  I was also told to give the number off the pole as that pin points which light needs to be repaired.  The down side to this is that it will still take a few months for my light to be repaired once the bid is awarded but I am relieved to know it will be taken care of.  Patience is a virtue.

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