Roads Buckle Under the Heat
Roads Buckle Under the HeatPhoto: Video by nbc26.com
GREEN BAY, Wis- High temperatures causing a dangerous situation on Northeast Wisconsin roads, particularly hard hit by buckling pavement is I-43. Road repair crews are working around the clock to keep up with the damage.
David Mckelvain has been a truck driver for most of his life. For him, buckling roads are a part of the summer he could do without.
"Its easy to lose control if you hit a real bad spot in the pavement," said Mckelvain.
Yet bad spots in the pavement are popping up all over the place with this heat wave.
"It's impossible to predict, motorists particularly in hot weather need to be alert," said Kim Rudat the communication manager with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Bob Bousley works with the Brown County Public Works Department and he has been monitoring road condition closely all week, but he says roads give way under the heat.
"Literally the concrete will buckle and then kind of explode," said Bousley.
Construction crews say they respond as soon as they get a call of a blowout in the pavement.
"If it's an average blow out it will take about 2 hours to repair," Bousley said.
Mckelvain just stays alert while driving. He knows road crews are struggling to keep up.
"For the most part I'm over the interstates and most states do a pretty good job of maintaining their interstates," said Mckelvain.
The Public Works department says since they can't be everywhere they rely on drivers to call in when they see blowouts in the road, that way they can be fixed quickly.