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Salem Will Get Help Fixing Potholes

The state is sending an additional $130,000 to Salem to help pay for repairing potholes.

Patch File Photo.
Patch File Photo.

By Les Masterson

Salem is getting nearly $130,000 from the state to help pay for repairing potholes.

Winter is gone, but her fury is still evident on roads across Massachusetts. Local Departments of Public Works have been working to repair potholes and other damage caused by the winter.

The Patrick Administration announced the 2014 Pothole and Winter Recovery Program, which includes one-time payments totaling $40 million to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and cities and towns, including $129,192 for Salem.

“We experienced an extraordinary winter season that caused damage to our roads, bridges, and vehicles well beyond the typical year,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “This one-time, targeted program will speed repair and recovery and maintain safe travel for motorists.”

“Our cities and towns already challenged by what seemed to be never ending snow and ice removal now face higher than expected costs in fixing streets, signs, and other transportation facilities,” said MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola. “These funds to be spent immediately this spring and summer will allow all communities to make the most basic and necessary repairs and provide quick improvements for the traveling public.”

The bulk of the money ($30 million) will go to cities and towns based on the Chapter 90 formula that is used for state funding to repair and maintain roads and bridges.

MassDOT has received nearly 1,700 pothole reports this year and spent more than $880,000 in repairing potholes on state roads.

The state said the $40 million could “pave 530 lane miles of roadway.”

John Schillizzi April 11, 2014 at 07:07 AM
Why don't they use some of this money to pay for damage to vehicles caused by the potholes!!
Arlene Price April 11, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Been complaining about the hole at the end of our driveway on "Tremont St. " for two years now , get promises but the hole just gets bigger . Ruining the tires on our cars ! Please !!! Help !
discusting April 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM
It's about time!! Now it'll save us SALEM RESIDENTS $$ having to fix our vehicles less often!! ITS ONLY THE RITE THING TO DUE!! Little too late but better than never!!!! GO SALEM
Denise Delaney April 11, 2014 at 12:12 PM
I think its going to take a lot more $$$$$$.
Harry Barker April 11, 2014 at 11:55 PM
The suspension on my car is being ruined by Hemorhoid Road (AKA Canal St.)

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