The pothole was in the center lane, which caused delays for drivers as crews tried to remove the vehicles from the road.
It was later patched, but it was too little too late for some drivers.
Before the sun came up, the 911 calls came pouring in.
"I have to get a tow because there's a big pothole. I don't know what lane it's in," said one caller.
"There's a giant pothole busting everybody's tires," said another. "There's like about eight cars on the side of the highway from the same pothole on 77."
Russ Bennett was one of the unlucky ones.
He had recently put new tires on his Chevy Impala. But today, he's using a spare and forking over $200 to replace a punctured tire.
"You see the pothole. It comes up real quick and it's like you can't swerve left or right because you've got cars," he said. "Everybody was merging over because they wanted to keep you away from potholes except this pothole was three, so yeah, it's that hard thud."
He saw at least seven drivers in the same pothole predicament.
"It was a very dangerous, the number of cars, the speed that everybody travels in the morning," he said.
City of Akron crews responded to patch up the potholes but Bennett feels the highway needed attention before the mess.
"In my situation, absolutely, especially it was a nice day yesterday," he said. "You would have hoped they would have been able to get out."
City officials said the freeze/thaw cycle breaks down asphalt and a big pothole can be created in a matter of minutes.
The city added, this time of year, Akron typically has multiple expressway crews doing patching work.