Pothole problems across Connecticut

(WTNH/Tina Detelj)

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — This time of year it is hard to avoid potholes, and sometimes you do not see them until it is too late. News 8’s Tina Detelj went to find answers about just how many potholes we are seeing.

This is the material that crews use to patch potholes. The reason they use this is because this time of year asphalt companies are not open plus and it is too cold to make permanent repairs.

Let’s just say there are too many potholes for some to count.

“Have you been seeing a lot of potholes around lately? You’re kidding right? Silly question right? I’ve been dodging them all day,” said Gary Smith, Norwich.

The state DOT says that this is the worst year it has seen in at least 15 years. Folks there do not keep count of potholes, but they can safely say that they have patched more this year than most anyone in the department can remember.

Crews are out seven days a week, even overnight. It did not take long to track down a pothole repair crew along I-95 in Waterford. It took even less time to find a city crew patching up a pothole in downtown New London.

potholes1 Pothole problems across Connecticut

Most repairs are temporary, but they do the trick to ensure a smoother ride for residents.

William Johnson of Johnson’s Hardware, who makes daily deliveries, knows that there is always more work to be done.

“I’m on the road a lot and I can definitely see the difference this year from the previous two or three anyway,” he said.

The DOT spokesperson tells me that the more water we see heading into spring and the more snow melting, the more potholes we will see.

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