Updated at 1:10 p.m.

Police said the left lane of Interstate 270 southbound would likely reopen around 4 p.m. Wednesday after crews spent much of the day working to fix a large pothole that caused many commuters to have flat tires on their vehicles after they  hit it.

Authorities closed one lane of the interstate to help motorists avoid hitting it and so crews could work on fixing the pothole.

In this year’s harsh winter for the D.C. region there has been an uptick in potholes and crews throughout the region are struggling to keep up with getting them fixed.

Original post at 7:25 a.m.

Maryland State Police said they temporarily closed one of the lanes on southbound Interstate 270 Wednesday morning because of reports of a large pothole on the roadway.

The pothole, which measures about 1-foot-by-4-feet, is on the interstate near Route 85, police said. Police said they called emergency road crews to work on fixing the pothole, which has caused many flat tires.

Crews were on the scene by 7 a.m., but there was at least a five-mile backup on the interstate. Police said they did not know how long the left lane of the roadway would be closed.

It is the third day in a row that Interstate 270 southbound has had problems. On Monday, there was a crash involving several cars on the interstate near Route 28 in Rockville that temporarily closed down three of four lanes. There were no life-threatening injuries.

On Tuesday, a police search for bank robbers also lead to Interstate 270 being temporarily shut down, as police set up a roadblock and walked car to car with guns drawn. Police found three male suspects inside a silver Kia SUV and they were arrested on the side of the interstate.