Where are the Worst Potholes in Malden?

Find out which street has the worst potholes in Malden, according to our social media commenters.

A pothole. Credit: File photo
A pothole. Credit: File photo
Recently we took to our social media accounts to ask you, our readers, where the worst potholes are in Malden.

Of the two dozen responses we received, Henry Street garnered the most votes with four. 

"Henry (Street). The whole thing is potholes," said Linda Delloiacono on our Facebook page. Fellow Facebook poster Suzy Charette Russo added, "Henry Street! A piece of loose asphalt whipped up under our car. The street is a mess!"

Finishing in a tie for second were Elwell Street and Broadway with three votes each. A pair of readers wrote the same exact message, saying, "Elwell is a mess." 

After each received a pair of votes, Upham Street and Medford Street tied for third place on our list. Facebook poster Farmer Dianne said, "Upham Street and Henry Street in Malden are both (filled) with potholes."

Malden DPW Director Bob Knox Jr. discussed dealing with holes in the roads.

"The freezing and thawing of water when it gets in the cracks of the street is what causes the potholes," he said. "The problem is most prevalent this time of year so there really isn’t one particular area in the city that is affected.

"During the winter, after plowing we usually receive numerous requests for pothole repairs," Knox added.

Weather permitting, there are typically two DPW crews that go out repairing potholes each day, according to Knox.

The City of Malden has made the most of the SeeClickFix program, which is "a communications platform for citizens to report non-emergency issues, and governments to track, manage, and reply—ultimately making communities better through transparency, collaboration, and cooperation," according to the About Us section on the SeeClickFix website. Residents can download the SeeClickFix app to their iPhones and Android phones to report a variety of municipal issues, ranging from potholes to graffiti.

"There have been approximately 1,500 pothole reports and repairs through SeeClickFix in 2013," Knox said. "...We address the issue of potholes year round. We do not have a set repair schedule because it is a daily assignment of the DPW staff."

When it comes to road maintenance, Knox said the DPW has a $65,000 budget for asphalt "which is not only used for potholes but also for trenches and other repairs."

What street do you think has the worst potholes in Malden? Let us know by posting a comment below.
linda January 16, 2014 at 06:40 AM
so now that we know where they are, please fix them. Henry Street is disgraceful. You come around the corner at the lights at cross st. and henry where cross has just been totally repaved and unexpectedly run right into the pot holes on Henry. The Director is right, they are everywhere, but there are definitely some places worse than others. Check out Essex Street and the street behind Vernon's Liquors and while your at it check out Sheafe Street.
Roland January 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM
I think Essex St which connects to henry is even worse. than henry
david mokal February 12, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Actually they are all over the place. They hide beneath the curbside and when they see you comming they run out in front of you with no warning. They are evil little buggers.


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