It’s a problem everywhere: much worse in some spots than others.
Wheel-walloping craters are popping up often faster than they can be filled.
Several roads in the Hermon area have claimed more than a hubcap or two.
Hermon town manager, Clint Deschene, says if you’re driving on a municipal road, that’s had recorded reports of bad potholes, and your car suffers damage because of it, under the Maine Pothole Law, you may not have to foot the bill.
":If the town’s on notice for a pothole…we’ve got 24 hour notice on that, and it is an actual defect in the road, and you have damage from that defect, then the town is responsible for paying for it.": Deschene told TV5 Tuesday.
While that’s all well and good for municipal roads, state roads are another story.
According to the Department of Transportation’s Randy Gray, the state pays few, if any claims.
He says that D.O.T. crews in this region do their best to keep on top of the 21-hundred miles of state roads.
Gray says if the state were to pay for every claim that was made connected to pothole damage, there would be no money left to fix the roads in the first place.
Since January, The D.O.T. has spent 2-and-a-half million dollars on pothole patching, that’s more than what was spent during all of last year’s pothole season.