The weather is warm and that means road work will be occurring all over the Berkshires, I am looking forward to getting these potholes, you know the ones that are like huge craters, taken care of. They can do a lot of damage to your vehicle.

Hitting a pothole is never fun. But those holes in the road can do more than spill your latte. Potholes can puncture your tire or bend or crack your wheel. It can damage your tire’s sidewall or belts. Even a minor impact may knock your vehicle out of alignment. A pothole strike can damage your shocks or struts, or harm your suspension.

Give Your Vehicle a Quick Inspection

After hitting a pothole, check for any of the following signs of pothole damage.

A bulge on the tire sidewall. This is an indicator that the tire was pinched between the edge of the pothole and the wheel causing the internal plies to be weakened or severed.

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Your steering wheel is no longer centered or the vehicle wants to pull to one side or the other. The impact may have been hard enough to affect the alignment or damage a steering or suspension component.

You feel abnormal vibrations in the steering, seat or floor.

You may hear a new noise when underway. Something may have been bent or displaced and could be rubbing on the tire/wheel assembly.

A dashboard warning light appears.

Subject: Commercial Street (3/22- 3/26)
Date: March 21, 2021

MassDOT and J.H. Maxymillian, Inc. construction crews will be working on a major phase of the Route 8 (Commercial Street) road improvement project this upcoming week of March 22, 2021 - March 26, 2021 with multiple crews and detail officers spread-out throughout the following area from approximately 07:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Commercial Street from BART Charter Public School to Grove Street by Leonard Street.

Businesses and residential home access in this area will not be denied but substantial traffic delays and one-lane traffic routes will be expected.

“Temporary No Parking” signs will be posted throughout areas of Commercial Street to allow for construction to occur. Please seek alternate routes if possible.

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