MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is warning drivers that the risk of pavement buckling is high both Thursday and Friday.
The DOT says pavement tends to expand during hot weather. When that happens, the slabs of pavement push against each other, and if there’s enough pressure, the pavement may buckle.
On Wednesday, the DOT says it received nearly 17 reports of pavement buckling on major highways. It says county maintenance crews repaired the highway buckling in an average time of about two to three hours.
The DOT recommends these safety tips for drivers in case of pavement buckling:
• Report pavement buckling by calling 911.
• Before your trip, check highway traffic conditions via the 511 Wisconsin Travel Info system by dialing 511 or visiting www.511wi.gov on the web.
• To protect highway crews as they repair buckled pavement, shift lanes or slow down as required by the state’s Move Over Law.
• And as always slow down, pay attention, buckle up and be prepared to move over.