IDOT prepares for pavement blowouts during heat wave

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is telling motorists to be on the lookout for pavement buckling on roads throughout the state as extreme heat continues to roll in.

“The hottest week of the year means the potential for pavement failures will increase,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “At IDOT, we will have the necessary staffing and materials in place to make repairs as quickly as possible. We ask the public to stay alert and avoid driving over buckled roads, if possible, while giving our crews plenty of room to work.”

Pavement failures or blowouts occur when prolonged high temperatures cause the road to expand and buckle up or blow out, resulting in uneven driving surfaces. Precipitation and humidity increase the potential for buckling.

IDOT crews are monitoring the situation and stand ready to respond, though it’s impossible to predict where or when failures may occur. Motorists are advised to remain alert to slowing traffic and move over for maintenance workers and other emergency personnel.

Pavement failures can be reported to IDOT by calling (800) 452-4368 or by reaching out to law enforcement via 911.

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