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Where Are the Worst Potholes in Peabody?

There are two work crews devoted solely to repairing potholes.

Potholes, including this one on Lowell Street near Lynnfield, have made driving hazardous lately. Photo credit: Les Masterson.
Potholes, including this one on Lowell Street near Lynnfield, have made driving hazardous lately. Photo credit: Les Masterson.

Driving on some Peabody streets is like an obstacle course this time of year.

There are potholes in many streets as the Department of Public Services tries to keep up with the tire-eating craters. Mayor Ted Bettencourt said there are two work crews devoted solely to repairing potholes.

They’ve been busy lately as the public has alerted them to dozens of potholes. The Peabody Police log has been littered with problematic potholes, most notably on Bartholomew Street, Andover Street and Lynnfield Street. 

Bettencourt went on Facebook to ask residents to tell him of any “particularly dangerous” potholes.

We asked readers on Facebook last week about potholes and they gave an earful of complaints about road conditions all over Peabody. We shared Bettencourt’s Facebook status asking about the most problematic potholes on Tuesday and got more than two dozen responses.

Peabody, like many nearby communities and the state Department of Transportation, are struggling to keep up. The Peabody DPS has been making progress. For instance, Lowell Street near the high school is much better after DPS crews patched potholes in that area.

But there are still many roads in rough shape. For instance, Lowell Street closer to the Lynnfield line is still pockmarked, including a few giant potholes.

We want to hear from you. Where is the worst pothole in Peabody? Have you noticed an improvement over the past week or is it getting worse? Let us know in the comment section below. 

dianne hamilton February 25, 2014 at 03:31 PM
I have left numerous messages using the pot hole hotline to report that Forest Street is a mess. Narrow road one side all pot holes so everyone goes around them onto the opposite side of the road! Very dangerous. Coleman Street - Douglas Street -Kingdom Terrace. All have been reported - none have been fixed. Last year the crew would fix a pot hole - there would be another one right next to it that maybe was not "the one" they were instructed to fix so they would leave it - see a pot hole fix it. I work in Woburn - they do a GREAT JOB fixing pot holes!!! Peabody roads are crumbling!!!!!
Johnny D February 25, 2014 at 03:42 PM
I second FOREST STREET...all the way from the Arboretum down to where it meets up with route 1. Disgrace.
Bruce Atkins February 25, 2014 at 06:25 PM
The street that goes to Lahey Hospital past the Peabody Post office! Blew out a tire at 1AM going to the ER.
anon February 26, 2014 at 06:57 AM
Lowell Street, between Herrick and Birch Streets is almost impossible to drive. Both sides of the road are a disaster. Driving down the middle of the road is the norm. Maybe they should wait until there's a fatal accident to repave, like they did in front of St.Adelaide's Church?!
L. Tinkham February 26, 2014 at 07:16 AM
I agree Forest St is horrendous! It is made even worse because it is a bus route too. I don't think such a small street should be a bus route. Lynn Street is getting worse too--mostly near the intersection of Bartholew. It is just not Peabody. It seems like all the road construction over the years are only a patch job and it makes the potholes like sinkholes when winter comes.
Kathleen DiDonato February 26, 2014 at 07:23 AM
The area on Lowell St. that runs under the rte 1 overpass is a mess. I almost had a couple of accidents try to avoid these monsters. Also, Pine St. (near the 5 corners and headed towards Johnson St.) it appears that a large sink hole is about to happen. It seems as though it was repaved in the past, but is now sinking about 10".
Alan Richmond February 26, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Between Wallis St. and Central St on Walnut St.
Ashleigh February 26, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Ellsworth Road has a few large ones between Kosciusko and Perkins Street. Also, as many others have pointed out, Forest Street near the Salem Country Club is an EMBARRASSMENT. It's pretty much undriveable at this point. I noticed 114 near Chandler's has been patched, but how long will that last? That entire road needs repaving and REPAINTING. Is it one lane? Two? Who knows because there aren't any lines!
Susan Sturgeon February 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Forest Street for sure. They fixed a few a few weeks ago, but now there are even more! Also, second the comment about the road to the post office!
Katelyn Silva February 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM
I agree with Bruce Atkins. The street behind shaws that takes you to all the hospitals and medical facilities. It's basically a one lane now for both directions.
Andrew Denaro February 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM
One more for the the road to the post office behind Shaw's it's damn near impassable.
Katelyn Silva February 26, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Perkins street is bad. Right at the bottom when you go to turn up the hill from Lowell street. Then again as your going up the hill where it intersects Franklin street. Then again closer to the baseball field and skate park
dianne hamilton February 26, 2014 at 07:24 PM
Thank you for fixing the pot holes on Forest Street. We all appreciate it!!
Elena February 26, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Forest Street from the Arboretum to Rt 1 needs to be REPAVED. There are only so many times you can repair a pothole! Same thing behind Shaws.
J. Brodbeck February 26, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Essex Center Drive by the Post Office- multiple pot holes to gobble small cars as previously mentioned! Unknowing cars tailgate not prepared for 2 lanes to decrease to 1!
Eileen Annese February 26, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Thank you for fixing potholes on Kingdom Terrace & Douglas Street
Susan Panarese Lynch March 20, 2014 at 03:55 PM
i contacted north shore mall at one point about an extremely large pothole coming out of the mall by macy's across from td bank. they fixed it. i also contacted them about essex center drive and they patched it some but it is still pretty bad. i don't even go that way anymore. i have already replaced one tire this winter. forest street is a disaster. also the railroad tracks near eastman gelatin need some work.
Bjean March 21, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Forest Street, all sections. Near Arboretum, along Rt 1, and section behind Center school- needs to be on top of the priority list to be repaved this summer!!! Mr. Mayor, can you hear us???!!!!
Robin March 21, 2014 at 09:09 AM
I noticed three terrible potholes in south Peabody one on Bartholomew Street one on Lynn Street and one on County Street. I called the Mayor's office for the Bartholomew Street one and it was taken care of that afternoon. I Facebook messaged the Mayor for the second one and it was taken care of the next day. The third one I used the pothole hotline and it was taken care of two hours later. Great work! Thank you city officials!
Susan Panarese Lynch April 02, 2014 at 09:36 PM
the pothole hotline is wonderful. fixed the next day. http://www.peabody-ma.gov/ on righthand side, middle. report a pothole.
Andrew Denaro April 03, 2014 at 10:22 AM
You must have had some fortunate luck then Susan or been in an area that the city deemed valuable. I've done it before multiple times and the potholes still exist.


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