WisDOT: Hot weather increases chance of buckling pavement

Metro Wire Staff

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is asking motorists to be a little more aware of pavement conditions during hot weather.

Hotter temperatures forecast throughout Wisconsin over the next week could create conditions for pavement buckling, according to WisDOT.

“Pavement can buckle when the weather quickly goes from cool to very hot,” a news release from WisDOT reads. “This causes slabs of pavement to expand and push against one another. If the pressure becomes great enough, the pavement can buckle and create unexpected bumps or dips.”

It’s difficult to predict where, or if, the buckling may occur, but WisDOT has offered some tips for motorists:

  • Slow down, buckle up, and focus your full attention on the roadway.
  • Watch for slowing traffic and be ready to move over for all roadside workers, including highway crews as they repair damaged pavement.
  • Before your trip, check the 511 Travel Information system (511wi.gov) for the latest on any incidents or delays.
  • If necessary, report serious pavement issues by calling 911. Be ready to provide specific location information.