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Risk of pavement buckling is high today and tomorrow


According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Thursday and Friday have a high risk of pavement buckling due to continuing hot temperatures. Approximately 17 incidents were already reported on July 4th.

Rory Rhinesmith of WisDOT said, "We are continuing to monitor the major highways and are coordinating with county highway maintenance crews in case of more buckling today and tomorrow. However, pavements buckling typically are quite random and motorists need to be prepared."

The WisDOT described the cause of pavement buckling as, "during hot weather, pavement tends to expand. Where there are expansion joints, the slabs of pavement push against each other and if the pressure becomes high enough the pavement may buckle."

WisDOT officials recommend the following safety tips for motorists in case of pavement buckling:

  • Report pavement buckling by calling 911.
  • Before your trip, check highway traffic conditions via the 511 Wisconsin Travel Info system by dialing 511 or visiting www.511wi.gov on the web.
  • To protect highway crews as they repair buckled pavement, shift lanes or slow down as required by the state's Move Over Law.
  • And as always slow down, pay attention, buckle up and be prepared to move over.
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