Which Salem Street Is Most In Need of Repair?

Potholes, flooding, faded lines — which Salem streets give you the most trouble as you're navigating the city?

With with new pavement and freshly painted lines (), we're interested in knowing what streets are in need of repair.

Do potholes pound your car each time you drive a particular route?

Perhaps damage from frost heaves, flooding or nearby construction are a constant issue on a particular stretch of roadway.

Maybe you just can't tell the difference between lanes on particular streets or the crosswalks aren't clear enough.

In our continuing effort to cover quality of life issues in the city we want to know which Salem streets are most in need of a makeover.

In your opinion, which Salem street is most in need of repair?

We've provided a poll below with some options. If we left a street out that's of particular concern to you, let us know in the comments. Also feel free to discuss any road issues you've spotted in the comments.

Josh Turiel July 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM
It's not a rut on Canal Street - it's basically a sinkhole to either side of the sewer pipes that run down the middle. The whole area has settled. Now that Bridge Street is winding down, that is the next major corridor project to get done over the next couple of years.
Bob Broderick July 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I don't ever drive down canal st because it gets me so worked up
Chrissy Derby July 24, 2012 at 01:11 PM
how about Grove street...the side closest to the park that is non existent in some parts...that is an option for repair!!
Jared Robinson July 24, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Lathrop St is due for repair by the end of the summer (By the city this time) I would say Canal Street is awful
Aubry Bracco (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Hi Chrissy, I will add Grove Street now.
Anne C. Mahoney July 24, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Canal Street. Drive it to work and think I might have some brain damage from all the bumps? Kidding. :-)
Rebecca DeVries July 24, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Mason Street between North Street and Tremont (?) is pretty bad right now. There are old train tracks coming up in spots and you have to swerve into the other lane to go around or just hit them.....
chester suchecki July 24, 2012 at 02:27 PM
higland ave between wilson rd and jackson st. and chestnut street is just plain awful. tremont st will rattle your dentures by the peabody line and canal st is a must do from crosbys to loring ave.
scottfioretta July 24, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Boston St. needs repairs last week. Big dip right in front of Federal st, filthy, terribly lining that is barely visible in the daytime let alone at night. Even worse signage. Is it 1 lane or 2 and when/where? Who knows?! When we first visited to look to move here that was our introduction to the city. I doubt we were the only ones questioning what the hell is wrong with it..
JOHN CAHILL July 24, 2012 at 04:37 PM
all salem streets need repair
KlassySalem July 24, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I'd like to vote for Bridge Street. Anyone else see the giant sinkhole that developed in the brand new road? Buckled the new brick sidewalk, too. http://twitter.com/SalemArchives/status/226434556868317184/photo/1
chester suchecki July 24, 2012 at 05:40 PM
that sinkhole is national grids fault.
Jack Carver July 24, 2012 at 06:14 PM
The dip at Boston and Federal, I believe is a sink hole forming, Something has collapsed under ground and causing the the dip
Liberty Tax Service-Salem July 24, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Mason St is the worst! It seems like they keep repairing it but it remains just as bad. Riding down Mason St on a motorcycle is like going thru an obstacle course.
Rachel Warner July 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Never mind the streets, it's the brick sidewalks that need attention.
john July 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM
How much does Salem collect in excise tax and where do they spend it?
Marjorie Samolchuk July 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Good question for Joan Lovely and the city council.
michael beaulieu July 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I agree. How come we can't vote for this?
gene July 25, 2012 at 12:08 AM
You can get that information right from the city budget. No need to contact Joan Lovely or any other city councilor
gene July 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM
BTW the excise tax I believe goes into the general fund. The city does get money from the state for road repairs. That is the controversy in Beverly - what the Mayor has done with that money.
john July 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Excise tax is collected for the use of the roads.If you pay to drive on them then they should be driveable.
gene July 25, 2012 at 02:24 AM
The excise tax is not collected for use of the roads. It is collected to go into the city's general tax fund to pay for not just roads.
BAC July 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Why isn't Mason Street on the list? It is possibly the worst street in Salem.
Aubry Bracco (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 01:51 PM
We'll add it.
Aubry Bracco (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Rachel, this is another topic we'll be covering soon. There are lots of tough spots readers have alerted us to.
Aubry Bracco (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I'm adding it.
Lisa Dolloff July 26, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I hope Essex Street never gets fixed. It would take months, as usual, and then people would be driving even faster down the 25mph sections.
henry July 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM
bridge st. Other end not the part they did all ready. But where it floods near the train station down to boston st ps put in a fu#*ing side walk in were there should be one but I don't see that happening its not downtown is it
Nelson Dionne August 10, 2012 at 06:13 AM
The raised area on Canal St from the junction of Ocean Ave to the end of the McDonald 's property line is actually a 5' diameter sewer pipe, sitting on wooden piles. This line drains most of upper Loring Ave. The area that has sunken is caused by the soft soil loosing ground water & compacting. The restaurant was built on pilings, so it will not sink, but the parking lot is steadily sinking. When the pipe went by Ocean Ave, steel pilings about 2" diameter were used to support the pipe.. They went down almost 90' just from their own weight. The pile driver drove them down another 30 or 40 feet before they finally hit something solid. They filled then with concrete after. All this took place in 1979. For a similar situation, look at the parking lot in front of Marshall's in Swampscott. The lot has sunk about 5 feet closest to the street.
Nelson Dionne August 10, 2012 at 06:26 AM
One of the problems with Mason St is that the streetcar tracks are still in place under the paving. The brick building opposite Tremont St was built as a trolley garage by the long gone Eastern Mass. Street Railway. It was converted to buses after the streetcars were discontinued about 1936. It is a major (expensive, & difficult ) project to remove them even with today's heavy construction equipment. Anyone remember the rebuilding of a short stretch of Boston St a few years back by Deb's diner. They removed a few hundred feet of tracks as part of that project.


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