HEAT WAVE 2012: Crews repair highway after pavement buckles

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

UPDATE: Crews have fixed the pavement on Highway 29 and it is once again open to traffic.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) – Crews have a stretch of highway closed to traffic to continue repairs where part of the pavement blew up Sunday.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department says the stretch of State Highway 29 west, west of County Road T, will remain closed for up to six hours. Traffic will be re-routed in the same place as it was Sunday evening: traffic will exit at County Road T, and then get back on the highway on the ramp that leads to State Highway 29 west.

Deputies say it is not expected to cause any significant backups or delays.

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UPDATE:

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- All lanes have now been reopened after the heat caused the road to buckle on Highway 29 in Chippewa County.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's says the buckling happened around 5:15 p.m. Sunday evening on Highway 29 westbound, near County Highway T.

Deputies say all lanes were blocked for several hours. Roads reopened around 10 p.m.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Roads are blocked in Chippewa County after the heat caused the road to buckle on Highway 29.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's says the buckling happened around 5:15 p.m. Sunday evening on Highway 29 westbound, near County Highway T.

Deputies say all lanes are blocked and it could take four to six hours to fix and reopen the lanes.

Traffic is being redirected to exit to County Highway T and re-enter from the County Highway T ramp.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2012 at 08:26 PM
    They were Republicans
  • by Tim Location: Eau Claire on Jul 3, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    Does anyone know how this happened to be caught on tape? Was this planned?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 4, 2012 at 07:54 PM in reply to Tim
      its was a compleat accident the guy was trying to take a photo and accidentaly put it on video. i know the people that were in the car they did not plan this
  • by biff Location: Eau Claire on Jul 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM
    Glad everyone is ok. When I watched the video the first thing that came to mind was the General Lee and Bo & Luke Duke.
  • by Jessica Location: Ridgeland on Jul 2, 2012 at 09:24 PM
    Only 4 to 6 hours to fix? That's crazy! Its usually 4 to 6 months... :/ Who knew?
  • by Amy Location: Eau Claire on Jul 2, 2012 at 05:15 PM
    It doesn't even look like they TRIED to slow down in the video. Did anyone see brake lights??
  • by keith on Jul 2, 2012 at 01:53 PM
    hi kallie this is keith there is video of this
  • by CS Location: Rusk County on Jul 2, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    Ever notice that all of the "newer" roads are having problems handling the summer heat? Last year wasn't there a heat buckle on the 53 bypass? It seems the older roads that were completed years ago hold up better to the heat, and the winters, than these new projects. What has changed?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to CS
      The state went broke, good roads cost a lot more.
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        by CS on Jul 2, 2012 at 02:39 PM in reply to
        These roads were all built when the state was flush with money, if it ever was. It isn't like they were just built within the last 9 months.
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          by TK-421 on Jul 3, 2012 at 06:46 AM in reply to CS
          The State hasn't been 'flush' with money for more than a decade. Thanks to changes at the Federal level the State (revenues) never really recovered from the 2000 recession.
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      by Taxpayer on Jul 2, 2012 at 05:21 PM in reply to CS
      This is what less government looks like, get used to it! GO Walker!!!!
      • reply
        by krb on Jul 3, 2012 at 06:30 AM in reply to Taxpayer
        Yes...less government = less safety!
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          by TB on Jul 3, 2012 at 06:29 PM in reply to krb
          wow, guess we know who you rely on -
        • reply
          by Fed up on Jul 3, 2012 at 08:25 PM in reply to krb
          We don't have enough goverment ? As if more goverment would prevent this? whatever.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2012 at 07:19 AM in reply to Taxpayer
        What is the purpose of the Walker reference? Do you think it was Governor Walker who suddenly started the business of contracting out for major repairs in the state? Nope! Besides, if the government HAD built the roads themselves, I'll bet you would be the same person who then would be belly aching about "There ain't no construction jobs out there"!
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        by Dj on Jul 3, 2012 at 08:24 AM in reply to Taxpayer
        Another clueless lib. It was Doyle who raided the transportation funds. Look it up...then again, have somebody do it for you.
        • reply
          by Mark on Jul 3, 2012 at 08:25 PM in reply to Dj
          Good one. thanks
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          by matty on Jul 4, 2012 at 09:04 AM in reply to Dj
          hands down, that is the funniest comment i've read this year.
  • by blinky on Jul 2, 2012 at 08:17 AM
    As an outdoorsman, I blame wolves.
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      by pilot39 on Jul 2, 2012 at 02:26 PM in reply to blinky
      I think it's eiher Obama, George W or Walker's fault (maybe all of the above)
  • by keith on Jul 2, 2012 at 04:16 AM
    why didnt they say anything about the two cars that crashed sending two people to the hospital
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      by pjll on Jul 2, 2012 at 07:06 AM in reply to keith
      Are those people okay? Seems strange that there was no mention of injuries due to road buckling. We hear about news items in far away cities. Let's get all the news out here-hey.
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      by Ben on Jul 2, 2012 at 07:26 AM in reply to keith
      I never heard about that. So what about the injuries? What happened to the vehicles?
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        by Kallie on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM in reply to Ben
        Car is totaled
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          by Nathen on Jul 5, 2012 at 10:50 AM in reply to Kallie
          Maybe next time they see orange signs they will slow down.
  • by Theresa Location: Eau Claire on Jul 1, 2012 at 10:07 PM
    Be careful out there. I stopped to take a photo of the buckling from the overpass on my way back into town and caught this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf0l3NO-35U I hope everyone made it through that okay.
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      by Nickphd on Jul 2, 2012 at 04:44 AM in reply to Theresa
      OMG! That was awesome and scary at the same time!
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        by Kallie on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM in reply to Nickphd
        Not awesome when its your parents.
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          by Nickphd on Jul 2, 2012 at 06:53 PM in reply to Kallie
          Hey Kallie, My intent for the use of the word awesome, was for the height and distance the vehicle achieved, for going over a "bump". I hope your parents are going to recover from any injuries received. Sincerely!
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      by John on Jul 2, 2012 at 07:41 AM in reply to Theresa
      Just saw your clip and I can't repeat the words that came out of my mouth. Thanks for filming that. Hope that they weren't harmed.
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        by Theresa on Jul 2, 2012 at 03:58 PM in reply to John
        The people in the car all were well enough thankfuly to run out of the car afterwards, and luckily no oncoming traffic hit them.
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      by Tammy on Jul 2, 2012 at 08:22 AM in reply to Theresa
      OMG I just watched the video. Wow it is amazing that no one was seriously injured. Thank heaven I never travel that far down 29.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM in reply to Theresa
      That's CRAZY. And the "Bump" sign right in front of the "Bump"? Nice...
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      by Billy Boy on Jul 2, 2012 at 01:52 PM in reply to Theresa
      I tried to get on --- But failed can you help me!
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