Buckling pavement added to the problems caused by a record heat wave in southern Wisconsin this week. Pavement buckled in about 17 locations on major highways on July 4, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). County maintenance crews were able to repair the highway buckling on average in about two to three hours.
WisDOT warned that the risk of pavement buckling would be high through the day today, as the triple-digit heat wave continues.
"We are continuing to monitor the major highways and are coordinating with county highway maintenance crews in case of more buckling today and tomorrow," said Rory Rhinesmith of WisDOT. "However, pavement bucklings typically are quite random and motorists need to be prepared."
On Independence Day, lanes had to be closed on I-94 near Johnson Creek in Jefferson County because of buckled pavement, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and on U.S. 12 in Dane County, Highway 33 in Dodge County and I-39 near Portage.
Temperatures were expected to top 100 degrees again today in Milwaukee and Madison but then be slightly cooler tomorrow.