State police have closed two lanes of I-264 East from Waterside Drive to Broad Creek due to dangerous potholes.
Troopers responded to at least 20 disabled vehicles with tire damage and shut the two right lanes of the road due to the danger.
VDOT crews were called out for emergency repairs and hope to have them completed by the evening rush hour. This is a mobile closure, meaning crews will be starting from Waterside and continuing on to Broad Creek.
VDOT officials say heavy rain overnight Thursday, Feb. 7, and all day Friday, Feb. 8, contributed to the formation of a significant amount of potholes on this section of I-264, requiring immediate repair. They say crews have mobilized pothole patching activities and are currently repairing the interstate as quickly as possible. Contractor crews anticipate performing additional repairs in this area throughout the weekend.
If drivers hit a pothole and experience damage to their vehicle, they have a legal right to submit a damage claim. Claims are investigated on a case-by-case basis. Investigators review the circumstances, the type and location of the pothole, if VDOT had been previously notified of the issue, and if crews had been given a reasonable amount of time to repair the pothole.
All affected drivers with damage are being directed to the VDOT Hotline, 1-800-FOR-ROAD.