New Bedford officials add “oldest pothole in New England” to the historic registry
New Bedford and state officials gathered on Route I-195 to hold a press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony for what some are calling the oldest pothole in New England. Many questioned the 5:00 pm timing of the dedication ceremony that backed up traffic for several miles.
“We knew the pothole was the oldest in New Bedford,” stated New Bedford City Council Ian Martins. “Later we learned it was the oldest in New England. Then after carbon dating the pothole we learned it is the oldest in the nation. It’s something all of New Bedford should be proud of.”
Some saw it as a way of preserving history.
“The mayor has been relentless on his crusade to fill potholes,” stated Councilor Kerry Rebeiro. “Just last winter he filled over 10,000 of them. Now that this has been added to the historic registry, it can’t be touched. Keep your hands off our history Mr. Mayor!”