Risk of pavement buckling rises with temperatures, WisDOT says

For the Tomahawk Leader

WISCONSIN – Warmer temperatures forecast throughout Wisconsin could create conditions for pavement buckling, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is advising motorists to be alert and take extra caution.

WisDOT said pavement can buckle when the weather quickly goes from cool to very hot.

“This causes slabs of pavement to expand and push against one another,” WisDOT stated. “If the pressure becomes great enough, the pavement can buckle and create unexpected bumps or dips.”

While it’s difficult to predict if, or where, buckling may occur, WisDOT offered these tips:

  • 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 www.511wi.gov for the latest information on any incidents or delays. Live video feeds are now available via the 511 Wisconsin traffic cameras.​
  • If necessary, report serious pavement issues by calling 911. Be ready to provide specific location information.

Learn more by watching WisDOT’s animation on pavement buckles​ at www.tinyurl.com/thybvm6z.

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