A huge pothole greeted drivers on West Street by the Pride gas station in Springfield Thursday.
A temporary road patch from a water main break on Jan. 18 deteriorated, leaving a 3-foot-long and 7-inch deep crater and several smaller holes. Drivers were unable to gauge the size of the larger hole in the right lane of eastbound traffic because it was filled with water.
A resident living nearby saw the damage the hole was causing and used orange traffic cones sitting on the side of the road to block off the right lane. He said he knew it would cause traffic problems, but figured it was better than having drivers face a hefty repair bill.
The lane closure caused significant delays on Route 20 across the North End Bridge. Delays backed up to the rotary in West Springfield, which was also being used as a detour for the six-week road closure on Route 5.
Tractor-trailer driver Donald McCord said it took him about 25 minutes to travel the bridge which is less than a quarter of a mile across. He said his trip took longer because several cars kept cutting him off.
After speaking with city officials, CBS 3 learned the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission was responsible for the road patch. Crews had to use a temporary patch following the water main break because asphalt was not available and wouldn't set correctly in the cold and snow.
Joyce Mulvaney, public communications manager for the commission, said they were working with a company to obtain material for a permanent fix and hoped to have repairs complete by the end of next week. She said crews inspect the patch every morning to make sure it's in good condition.
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