New Bedford works to fill potholes before winter

By News Staff

Reporting by Liz Tufts

ltufts@abc6.com

Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures may be the last thing on everyone’s mind on a hot, muggy day in July. But one Bristol County City is already preparing for the worst.

The City of New Bedford is patching up potholes in preparation for the winter. Many drivers spent months bobbing and weaving, swerving to avoid them.

Once the six and a half feet of snow melted in New Bedford, crews were sent out to patch up as many as they could. Since March, crews have filled 10,000 potholes across the city.

The head of the city’s Department of Public Infrastructure says it’s the busiest they’ve ever been. “If you can drive down the road and not hit a pothole or get into an accident, that's key and that's our goal,” says Ron Labelle.

Crews plan on filling even more hoping to patch them all up before it starts up all over again this year—and the work is far from over. Drivers are being asked to report all potholes strait to City Hall.

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