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WisDOT warns of buckling pavement during hot weather

Metro Wire Staff

Motorists are asked to be alert for potential pavement problems and traffic slow-downs during hot, humid weather forecast for the next several days.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation released the notice on Wednesday.

With temps expected in the mid-80s through next week, motorists should be aware of the potential of pavement buckling, and for highway maintenance crews making needed repairs.

Pavement buckles are most common during the first few heat waves of the season when the weather quickly goes from cool to very hot, causing the pavement to expand.

“This can cause slabs of pavement to push against each other, and if the pressure becomes great enough, the pavement can buckle,” the news release reads in part.

It’s difficult to predict exactly when or where buckling may occur, but WisDOT offers the following tips for motorists:

· Ensure all vehicle occupants are buckled up. Slow down, eliminate distractions and scan the road ahead carefully.
· 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 (www.511wi.gov) for the latest on any incidents or delays.
· Report serious pavement issues by calling 911. Be ready to provide specific location information.

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