In a statement, the Virginia Department of Transportation cautioned drivers that the prolonged extreme heat could cause the buckling of pavement on county roads.
The extreme heat of last week’s heat wave can cause pavement on roads to crack and buckle. VDOT cautions drivers, especially motorcyclists, to be mindful of road conditions on local roads and highways.
“Road buckling is caused during periods of high temperatures when concrete expands. Buckling is prevalent in the mid-Atlantic states of Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina,” a representative from VDOT said.
According to VDOT, crews repaired minor buckling on Interstate 395 near Seminary Road in the Northern Virginia District on Tuesday.
“Consistent temperatures in the mid- to high-90s have put road surfaces across the state at risk for buckling,” said Andy Babish, VDOT’s State Materials Engineer. “Pavement expands in the heat, and cannot contract if it does not cool down enough overnight. It continues to expand, and that’s when we could see damage.”
VDOT requests that motorists report buckling pavement, potholes and other road hazards by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or going online.
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