A mixed bag of weather conditions this winter – from pouring rain to freezing temperature and heavy snow – has taken an early toll on the roads and created potholes earlier this winter in Hamilton and Wenham and across the North Shore.
Officials in both Hamilton and Wenham say they are doing their best to fill the potholes and are taking reports of problematic potholes from drivers.
“We are addressing potholes in between snow and ice operations,” said Hamilton Interim DPW Director David Hanlon, adding that the public can contact the DPW about any potholes at the regular phone number at 978-468-5580.
In Wenham, DPW Director Bill Tyack said crew are using cold patch to fill in potholes. That work has come much earlier this winter, Tyack notes, because of the very cold temperatures back-to-back with warmer temperatures and rain.
“I try to send a crew out every other week and if a resident wants to report a pothole they can call 978-468-5520 ext. 6 and we will get to it ASAP,” he said. “We try to keep up with them but sometimes miss a few.”
If some potholes get bigger, in the spring DPW workers will cut them out and repave the whole area.