SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — With extreme heat anticipated for the rest of the week, the Illinois Department of Transportation cautioned motorists to be on the lookout for pavement buckling on roads throughout the state.
IDOT says pavement failures or blowouts can occur when prolonged high temperatures cause the road to expand and buckle or blow up, resulting in uneven surfaces.
Precipitation and humidity increase the potential for buckling.
While it’s impossible to predict where or when failures may occur, IDOT says they have crews monitoring the situation and stand ready to respond. Drivers are advised to remain alert to slowing traffic and move over for maintenance workers and other emergency personnel.
“At IDOT, we will have the necessary staffing and materials in place to make repairs as quickly as possible,” said Omer Osman, the Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary.
Pavement failures can be reported to IDOT by calling (800) 452-4368 or by reaching out to law enforcement via 911.