Potholes causing big problems for West Hartford

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– There is a big pothole problems in this state. But Thursday night, things in one town have gotten worse. And with more snow on the way, there could be big trouble.

“My shocks are gone, they are horrible,” said a woman.”Bang! Another one, you try and miss one and you hit another one.”

Old man winter tearing up the roads, potholes tearing up your car.

“It’s the rim smashing into the pothole that ripped off the sidewall,” said John Desimone, Modern Tire.

And Modern Tire in West Hartford is the final resting place for many of the tires in West Hartford. Some people spending $250 even upwards of $500 to $700.

tires Potholes causing big problems for West Hartford

“We just had one guy his wife did it on the way in from New York, Four days later she does the other one,”said Desimone.

Because it has been such a nasty winter, deep freeze, with a quick thaw and rain mixed in, you are getting your typical potholes and they came out a lot earlier than normal. But what has many towns really concerned is called alligator skin or alligatoring.

It looks like a spider web as the road is disintegrating. If it continues to disintegrate, they put cold patch in it, but it is only good for a couple of days which is they say is even harder on the budget. Because when you put the cold patch in and it comes right out. That is literally throwing money right down the drain.

“This has been a bad winter. We have already blown our snow budget and it’s going to be a bad spring. We will spend a lot more on asphalt this year. Budget wise it’s New England,” said Ron Van Winkle, West Hartford Town Manager.

From blown tires to blown budgets, in East Hartford the mayor has frozen the budget for any non-emergency departments because they are so far over.

West Hartford has more than 200 miles of road to maintain and repair so with still more snow in the forecast, the town manager will have to get creative.

“That will primarily come from work that we should be doing in other places, we will not do and we will be out there repairing streets,” said

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