EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 29, 2013

Report a pothole, win a prize

Competition asks Haverhill residents to report trouble spots

By Mike LaBella
mlabella@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — They cause you to go bump in the night, and bump in the day as well.

In fact just about anytime you’re driving around Haverhill at this time of year you’re bound to run into a jarring pothole or two, or three or more.

Mayor James Fiorentini says he wants residents to report these troublesome ruts in the road so they can be filled in quickly by the city’s Public Works Department. To encourage residents to blow the whistle on potholes and help eliminate that sinking feeling, he’s launched a pothole contest.

All Haverhill residents who report a pothole on a city (not private) street in Haverhill will be entered into a drawing where three lucky winners will each win a $25 gift card donated by local businesses to the contest.

The contest ends May 10.

“Our goal is to fill every reported pothole within two business days” of when they are reported, the mayor said.

Potholes occur when the surface of the road has a crack and water gets into the crack and freezes then warms up and freezes again due to weather conditions, he said, noting that this process occurs frequently in New England due to seasonal changes.

Not only can potholes pose a traffic safety hazard when drivers swerve to avoid them, but hitting a pothole can result in costly damage, ranging from flat tires and bent rims to broken parts of a vehicle’s suspension system.

“Potholes are a big problem after the winter and I want to encourage residents to report any potholes on our streets and be entered to win one of three gift cards,” the mayor said. “The Department of Public Works is already on the streets filling potholes and will continue to fill them through the beginning of May.

“We want to keep our streets clear of any dangerous obstacles and with the help of residents, we will fill every pothole within two business days,” he said.

To report a pothole, send email to pothole@cityofhaverhill.com or call 978-374-2364.