Roads buckle under stress from heat

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PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD)– Central Illinois summer is in full effect. Heat indices continue to rise near the 100-degree mark. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) said roads can be more susceptible to pavement buckling during summer months.

“One of the hottest weeks of the year means the potential for pavement failures will increase,”
said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “At IDOT, we 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.”

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

“It causes the road to expand and buckle up or blow out, which results in an uneven driving surface and can be very dangerous for motorists. Please be careful, watch your speed, always stay buckled up of course and don’t text and drive, It’s against the law.

Paul Wappel, Public Information Officer | Illinois Department of Transportation

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.

If your car hits one of these spots, the vice president of Beachler’s Vehicle Care & Repair said it can get costly to fix.

“It can bend control arms. It can bend rims quite easily. [It can] do lots of damage to cars in the hundreds of dollars sometimes into the thousands of dollars. If the car suddenly drives abnormally, I would immediately pull off to the side of the road because it could become dangerous. If you break a control arm on a car, or if you’ve broken a rim…obviously if you broke a rim your tire is going to go flat and it’s not going to drive very well anyway, but a control arm is not desirable to drive down the road. Simply call a tow company or call your reputable shop and have them get it towed in. It’s not worth the further damage to the vehicle.

Brett Beachler, Vice President | Beachler’s Vehicle Care & Repair

If you see buckling, avoid driving over it. You can call IDOT at (800) 452-4368 or law enforcement at 911 to report it.

This story will be updated.

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