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Hot temperatures lead to more pavement buckles

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Posted at 6:26 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 20:34:08-04

(NBC 26) -- The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northeast Region maintenance supervisor said they started to see more pavement buckles on the roads in the last week or two as the temperatures quickly rose. He said there will likely be a lot more this week.

Chris Blazek with the Wisconsin DOT said heat can cause the pavement to expand and too much pressure can lead to the pavement buckling. This can create bumps or dips in the road. Blazek said they can't predict where or when buckles will develop so it's important to be cautious and pay attention on the roads. He said lately, they haven't seen buckles getting too high, but a couple inches could create more issues for drivers. He advises people to call 911 if they come across a buckle in the road.

"Let the sheriff's department know, and we'll try to get the country crews out there as quickly as possible to make those repairs. But you're going to see them all over the state this week. Just pay attention, and keep two hands on the wheel, and focus on driving and pay attention to the drivers in front of you," said Blazek.

He said each year, they see pavement buckles as the temperatures get as high as they've been. He said once it cools down, the number of buckles developing should decrease.

Jeff Knoespel, a service advisor with Downtown Auto Service in Green Bay said driving over a pavement buckle can cause damage to a car. He said it can impact tires and suspension. If you do drive over one, he said you should pay attention to the noises your car is making as well as any shaking or changes in the way your vehicle drives.