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I-77 drivers looking for answers after potholes damage cars

Just months shy of when a SCDOT improvement project is set to start.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The rough and rocky road that is I-77 is set to get a facelift come Spring 2023.

South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) made the announcement in November 2022 that the department is improving bridges along a stretch of the interstate from Bluff Road to I-26 in Columbia. 

While many drivers were excited about the improvement project, there are still questions about what happens before the project is set to start.

People like Eric Reese, who was trying to take a friend to work when he hit a pothole along the highway.

"There's no avoiding it's huge," Reese said.

Needless to say, he didn't make it and ended up with dent rims.

"When I was able to inspect it the next morning, I realized the rear rim was also bent. I'm not sure what condition that tire is in," he said.

And that's not the most shocking part about the incident.

"Six or 8 months from that first incident, it happened again, so now I'm like I really can't afford to keep doing this."

Reese took to Facebook shortly after the pothole incident and many others weighed in with concerns and questions about that same pothole.

Ladies and gentlemen, SCDOT, WIS TV, WLTX News19, WACH FOX allow me to formally introduce, or in some cases, reintroduce...

Posted by Eric Reese on Wednesday, December 28, 2022

So News 19 shared their concerns with SCDOT.

In a statement, the department said, "The pothole on I-77 has been repaired. Our crews are regularly monitoring that corridor, and we have the I-77 bridge deck rehabilitation project planned to begin in the spring when temperatures allow."

In the meantime, Reese sent in a damage report to the department for possible compensation.

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