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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. 

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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