Hole Forms Along Stretch of I-26 Near Columbia

The issue appears to be a problem with the asphalt

Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - Damage on Interstate 26 near Columbia led to a slowdown for drivers for much of Monday afternoon into Monday evening. 

Chuck Deeds was one of the many frustrated drivers left in a standstill.

"We enjoy coming through North and South Carolina," Deeds said.

Deeds and his wife were heading home to Florida when they stopped at the Circle K convenience store and Shell gas station looking for a way to get around the traffic.

"It's been great until we got here, but coming to a dead stop and no view of clearing in the future. I'm ready to go a back road, but nobody here can even help me with that and it's kind of frustrating," he said.

The problems began around 4:00 p.m. in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 112, which is between the Airport Boulevard and US 1 exits. 

On the highway patrol's website, the issue was listed as a "roadway washout." The SC Department of Transportation later clarified and said there was a "pavement problem" at that location, which caused the road to buckle.

The roadway's asphalt became warped, which would have caused a potential accident hazard to drivers.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation said the repais to the road would be ready for morning drive time traffic.

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