WisDOT warns of buckling pavement ahead of summerlike temperatures

Pavement Buckled
Courtesy: Rock County Sheriff's Office

MADISON, Wis. — With temperatures expected to reach summerlike highs in the coming days, Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials are warning motorists to keep an eye out for bucking pavement.

Wisconsin’s roads are susceptible to buckling when temperatures quickly go from cool to hot.

The rapid change in temperature causes pavement slabs to expand and push against each other; if there’s enough pressure, the pavement can buckle and cause unexpected bumps, dips or hazards in the road.

WisDOT officials said that while it’s difficult to predict if or where buckling will happen, the following tips can be helpful to keep in mind while driving:

  • 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.