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Traffic on Massachusetts Turnpike to be Impacted Due to Pothole Repairs



    Pothole Repairs Begin on Mass. Pike

    Crews have been on the Massachusetts Turnpike, working to fill potholes left behind by recent snowstorms. But some say MassDOT isn't doing enough.

    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017)

    Traffic delays are expected on the Massachusetts Turnpike this week due to pothole repairs.

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that beginning Wednesday morning, east and westbound lanes in Weston, Natick, Framingham, and Westborough would be closed sporadically for repairs.

    Drivers who have traveled on the Mass Pike over the past several days say they have noticed the bumps along the way.

    "I'm traveling in the slow lane because of my stuff and at least every mile I hit one or 2," said driver Erin Wellby, describing the potholes. "I hope I don't get any flat tires."

    The repairs are expected to continue throughout the daytime and evening hours for the rest of the week. The number and locations of the lanes being closed will vary based on pothole repair operations. MassDOT said signs will be in place to guide drivers through impacted areas.

    Despite the delays, some drivers welcome crews to fix the problem spots.

    "I've seen really big divots on the highway. They were terrible," said driver Donna Robie.

    "They gotta do something about them. The middle lane is definitely beat up," said another driver.

    If possible, drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid delays. If traveling through the impacted areas, drivers should reduce speed and exercise caution.

    Drivers who wish to report potholes to MassDOT can do so by calling 857-DOT-INFO (857-368-4636) or 877-MA-DOT-GOV (877-623-6846) or by contacting MassDOT online.

    Potholes can also be reported to state or local police, who will contact MassDOT with the report.

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