Watch out for pavement buckling, DOT says

Watch out for pavement buckling, DOT says

As temperatures reach highs in the low 90s this weekend, state officials say the conditions are ripe for pavement to potentially buckle.

“While it’s difficult to predict where pavement buckling may occur, the problem is most common during the first few major heat waves of the season,” Wisconsin Department of Transportation pavements and materials engineer Barry Paye said. “The hot weather causes slabs of pavement to expand and push against each other which can result in buckling if the pressure becomes great enough.”

The DOT says motorists should take extra caution for pavement buckling and highway crews making repairs. Drivers can check the 511 Travel Information system before making any trips, and can report serious pavement issues by calling 911.