Warmer temps prompt caution for pavement buckling

The weather is warming up and that can create conditions for pavement buckling. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is asking drivers to take extra caution on the roadways. 

According to a news release from the WisDOT, pavement can buckle when the weather quickly goes from cool to very hot. This causes slabs of pavement to expand and push against one another. If the pressure becomes great enough, the pavement can buckle and create unexpected bumps or dips.

While it’s difficult to predict if or where buckling may occur, here are some tips:

  • 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.
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