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Quincy road crews fill potholes, more work to be done

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Quincy road crews were out patching potholes, now that the temps are warming up and the snow is melting.

But, it was not soon enough for some car owners.

"A lot of people don't even know they have damages. We come in for oil changes and find tire rod ends loose, ball joints loose," Spring Street Automotive Owner, Mark Holtmeyer said.

Holtmeyer said repairs for those damages can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,000.

"Sometimes we see that cars have been repaired a year ago are coming back with loose parts already," Holtmeyer said.

He said all from constantly driving through pot holes.

Quincy Central Services Assistant Director John Schafer said road crews will be out all week patching pot holes.

"We've got a few areas where people have called in about, so we're doing those first and then we're just working through different sections of the city," Schafer said.

Schafer said it is a quick fix, not a permanent solution.

"The extreme weather we've had here recently, the freezing and thawing, always has issues with that stuff popping out," Schafer said.

"As much as we've been plowing snow, when the snow plows hit that stuff, a lot of times it will pull it out."

What can you do to avoid vehicle damage?

"The only thing you can really do is avoid the holes and I don't know how you're ever going to do that," Holtmeyer said.

He said some sure signs that potholes have damaged your car, your wheel will shake and your car will start to pull to one side.

If that happens, you should get it looked at.

Schafer said as weather, traffic, and snow plows tend to lift the material, these repairs are not always permanent.

He said as far as permanent solutions, they are focused on resurfacing Maine street from 24th through 30th street.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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