Most Columbia drivers have stories about slamming into potholes. Those potholes have become a bigger problem more than ever after the harsh winter weather.
A SCDOT maintenance engineer, Robert Dickinson says since July there has been over a 50 percent increase in the number of potholes in Columbia.
Dickinson say most of the potholes are fixed after people call the SCDOT or when employees discover them. But a permanent patch requires asphalt, resurfacing and lots of labor. Temporary patchs made of tar and gravel are quicker but hey consistently need to be repaired.
The Department of Transportation tries to respond to pot hole repair request within a day. All it takes is a phone call, so if you see a pothole call the department's maintenance office at 803-786-0128