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Top Ten Worst Pothole Ridden Streets In Worcester

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After the legendary winter we had, you just know that this spring is going to bring some epic potholes. Unfortunately for Worcesterites the paving jobs around here in the spring are about as good as the plowing jobs were this winter. Our question for today is, which streets have the worst potholes? Here’s our Top Ten.

10. Mill Street

When we tossed the question about on Facebook yesterday about which street had the worst potholes in Worcester, this was the most popular answer. I gotta be honest with you. I was expecting a million times worse. Sure there were some nasty looking potholes like this bad boy:


And it was generally a bumpy ride:


But for the most part the holes were patched in. Plus it’s a two lane road for most of it. So quite you’re whining ya Sally’s. Mill Street only makes this list because in general it looks like shit.





9. Salisbury Street

I really thought people in this part of town had more pull. I mean, it’s freaking Salisbury Street. You people should be able to stuff enough money in Ed Augustus’ pocket so that you never have to worry about the road looking like it does now. Especially the parts from Beechmont to Moreland Street. It’s a disaster.







8. Mann Street

I don’t think I’ve ever seen this glorious cut through street not look like a dilapidated piece of crap. I’m assuming the city keeps it this way on purpose because there’s always a million little boogers going to the batting cages or Pop Warner practice. It’s a really easy fix too. I’m guessing the city of Worcester has some sort of racket going with the auto body shops, because I’ve been using this road for years an not once have I ever not worried about destroying my car on it.






7. Country Club Boulevard

First of all, whoever named this street “Country Club Boulevard” has to be the most sarcastic person in the history of the world. Because nothing about this street says “country club” or “boulevard.” A more appropriate name probably would’ve been “The Denny’s Expressway.” This road takes you from Lincoln Street to St. Nicholas Ave, and apparently it’s not high on the city’s fix list. Here it is in all it’s splendor:






6. College Street

College Street reminds me of the dooshnozzle Mom from Blackstone with the house of horrors. She wanted to make sure she put on a good front for the world to see, but she was hiding in a house of horrors. Because the city keeps College Street looking prim and proper by Holy Cross, probably because we don’t wanna look like white trashville to the dignified yuppies who wanna go to school here.


But the second you pass HC it turns into “you’re on your own, fuck you-ville.’







5. Heard Street

You remember playing the Oregon trail back in the day? Unless you’re a complete loser you always chose to ford the river rather than pay the $2 to take the ferry. Sure you might crash into a rock or two and Susanna died from dysentary along the way. But it was fun. It made the game interesting. Heard Street is a lot like fording the river, except it’s real life and when you hit one of the many land mine-esque potholes, you don’t save $2. The thing about Heard Street is it’s skinny, there aren’t many sidewalks, and it’s a giant hill. So naturally you need to build momentum to get up it. Unfortunately as you’re accelerating you’re literally playing dodge-a-pothole while trying not to swerve into oncoming traffic coming down Heard towards Stafford Street.








4. May Street

May Street is only bad from June to Park Ave. But it’s a driving experience you’ll never forget. It’s got this one magnificent pothole that most likely is deeper than Bell Pond.


You tell me what I’m supposed to do here? Drive directly over that pothole, which could easily be used as a bathtub for a small family, or swerve to the left and smash into the nudnik in the white car who’s straddling the double yellow lines for whatever reason. Get your shit together May Street.






3. Plantation Street

If Plantation Street were in Belgium, General Patton would’ve said “fuck it” and let the Nazis keep it. Neil Armstrong had an easier time navigating around the moon than we did driving down Plantation Street today. First of all, this street has more layers to it than a Lasagna.


Apparently instead of just re-paving the whole street, the city has elected to make a pattern of racing stripes, so you know what part of the street to drive on


The problem is that the racing stripes have all grown their own potholes now:


At some points in the street the city just said, “YOLO” and threw down some asphalt in random blobs.



2. Lincoln Street

Parts of Lincoln Street looks like the Western Front on Armistice Day. Most of the street is fine. But everywhere from Plantation Street up to Lincoln Plaza looks like it was besieged by artillery fire and hand grenades. If the roads looked like this in Afghanistan the camels would go on strike.









1. Wildwood Ave

There is no street in Worcester that compares to Wildwood Ave. The streets we’ve seen thus far at least have certain parts of them that are manageable. Wildwood Ave has no such parts. The entire street is one mile-long magical adventure. If people in third world countries saw pictures of Wildwood Ave, they’d start donating money to us.

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Honorable mention goes to Greenwood and Providence Streets. Did we miss any? Feel free to share your thoughts to keep this conversation going.

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25 Comment(s)
  • Hamilton
    April 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I would have to agree with Salisbury Street, and, My God! What about Sycamore Street. They couldn’t have touched this street in ages!

  • coffeemate
    March 28, 2015 at 6:27 am

    I hit one of the Lincoln St. potholes and got a flat tire. The New tire cost $130! It’s not clear if you can fight the city when damage is done to your vehicle bc of the cities disastrous streets. I’m not a hippie. I do work and don’t have time to “fight” so naturally had to fix the tire ASAP.

  • Space
    March 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Ohhh you need to do a TB road trip for potholes through Worcester County.
    Rt. 31 between Spencer and Charlton and Shrewsbury St in Holden from Mt. View Middle School to the West Boylston line.

  • citizen x
    March 27, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Plantation has been under construction for literally 5-6 years off and on and they do more harm than good. Repave that shit ! No really though.

  • Cd04090
    March 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Stanley Rd. I’ll have to walk to take pics. Not safe to drive

  • Matt
    March 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Take a look at Sherer Trail sometime

  • Christina
    March 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Lol @ the Oregon Trail reference

  • Wildwood FTW!
    March 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Wowzy wowzy woo woo Wildwood private wah wah wah!

    Are u serious this is a pothole contest get a life ya dingus

  • Driver 8
    March 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Muskeego St.
    Giant craters with the only paved road being hogged by crazy African body shop owners going ham on fixing cars at mad speed cars on the road instead of in the garage

  • Wabbitt
    March 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I’m shocked Cambridge St isn’t on the list. That street was always a nightmare when I lived in the city.

  • Jaime Dubey
    March 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Belmont St. where you get on and off the highway. The city was there doing a poor ass job filing it in after I hit the sink hole I mean pot hole!!! The car that was behind me may possibly be in there somewhere. Luckily I have a truck so I didn’t get lost in the hole. What I got was almost 2 weeks without my truck after the sinkhole busted my manifold and I won’t mention the business name but they only put a bandage on it like a bunch of morons. A kindergarten class would have fixed it better. When the bandage blew 1 hour after I got the truck back it shot to the engine causing a spark plug in the engine to blow!!! So Thanks to the sink hole on Belmont St. I went without my truck and paid out of my ass to fix the damage!!

  • Candice M
    March 27, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Idalla Ave. Only used to avoid West Boylston St and get to Lou Roc’s but that is an adventure each time.

  • Susie Tuesday
    March 27, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Wildwood Ave is a private street with the exception of the very end. The city does not repair the potholes. It is up to the homeowners to fix their street. Money is collected each year from the residents for repairs however most people do not contribute. Too frigging selfish. If the road is made public it would cost homeowners thousands of dollars each (depending on frontage) and their taxes will be increased.
    So wake up Wildwood Ave residents and pay Ed your $100.

    • WildwoodOrDie
      March 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Fuck Ed, the self proclaimed “Mayor of Wildwood”

      • Susie Tuesday
        March 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        Well at least Ed contributes to his neighborhood and community. You’re probably one of the asshats that flies up the street. How’s that front end doing these days. Someday you’ll understand once you move out of Mom’s.

        • jay
          March 27, 2015 at 11:06 pm

          U cnt fly up the st dumdum. I know u can see planes, but noones flying up ww. They land just past it. Silly willy

      • Ed sucks
        March 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        Ed should save his $100 and fix his house

    • jay
      March 27, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      Eds an asshole. 4 bags of sand and him and his dickhead buddy jumping into their pothole with a wheelbarrow and pitchfork pointing at his sign about his madeup “wildwood ave street committee” hasnt worked for the past ten years and wnt do the trick this year. Keep it private. Pay a pro.

      • goday
        March 28, 2015 at 1:02 am

        Why aren’t we placing the real blame on the Asians next door to mr pietrowicz, for building that god damn fence? That’s where the WildHood pothole problems started

  • Boss Tweed
    March 27, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Most of the streets are in Bill Eddy’s old district 5. He never took it upon himself to do the deserving streets, just the ones his friends were on. ALSO, Wildwood is a private street and not a public street so that one is not a fair pick.

    • Don Frye
      March 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      That “private” street has more people and traffic on it than 90% of the public streets in the city.

  • Kelli
    March 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    you haven’t been down Glendale St.. It’s BAD!

    • Boss Tweed
      March 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Glendale is a private streeet and not a city Public street.

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