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DOT warns of pavement heat buckling

The Brillion News

Due to substantially hot and humid weather conditions on the way, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is reminding motorists of the potential for pavement buckling.

The problem tends to be most common during the first few heat waves of the season. Hot temperatures cause pavement to expand, and where there are expansion joints, the slabs of pavement push against each other. If the pressure becomes great enough, the pavement can buckle. While it’s difficult to predict if or where buckling may occur, the DOT offers the following tips for motorists:

  1. Watch for slowing traffic, and be ready to Move Over for all roadside workers including highway crews as they repair damaged pavement.

  2. Before your trip, check the 511 Travel Information system ( for the latest on any incidents or delays.

  3. If necessary, report serious pavement issues by calling 911. Be ready to provide specific location information.


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