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Pothole problems spotted in Berlin

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BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

As the winter storms continue to hit Connecticut, so do the pothole problems.

Eyewitness News looked into how the state and towns are tackling these issues and uncovered some of the challenges they're up against.

"We're not even in the worst of the pothole season yet," said Ken Boulette, the highway crew leader in Enfield.

Being a "winter weather" state, potholes in Connecticut are inevitable.

"This road is a nightmare," said Joan Diminno, of Kensington.

Diminno walked Eyewitness News through the potholes she encounters daily on Orchard Road in Berlin, which is located right off Route 71.

"My car is so out of line from driving over these potholes," Diminno said. "If you're on this side of the street trying to avoid them, you have to go in the other side of the street. But then cars are coming, so then you're back over in the pothole. It's just like Russian roulette."

Eyewitness News wanted to test the road out for ourselves and determined it was a bumpy ride.

Eyewitness News did spot a freshly patched pothole on the station's drive that was filled with a material called "cold patch."

Diminno said she believes that method is not working.

"They come by and they patch, but how they patch," Diminno said. "They throw tar off the back of the truck and they go 'boom, boom' with the shovel and then move on."

Cold patch is a temporary fix. It's the only thing that will stay in place during these sub-40-degree temperatures.

The material doesn't need to be heated. It can just be applied cold as the name implies.

Boulette explained the variating temperatures make the patching a lot more difficult, and a lot less reliable.

"Once we get a little bit of a frost and we get some rain that comes in they tend to pop out a little bit more," Boulette said.

We're not just seeing this on the local roads, but also on the state highways.

"It's basically non-stop pothole patching until the springtime comes," Boulette said.

Connecticut Department of Transportation spokesperson Kevin Nursick told Eyewitness News that depending on the kind of winter, up to 75 percent of their patching is done with cold patch.

"A lot of times we have to go out and re-patch those areas over time," Nursick said. 

That is until the spring weather comes and a more permanent fix is made.

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