Heat causes pavement to buckle

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) – Friday's triple digit temps kept most people inside, but construction crews were hard at work outside fixing roadways that gave in due to heat. Construction crews were called to I-295 in Hopewell Friday after not one but two pavement failures.

They finished around 9:30 at night after more than seven hours of emergency road repairs. They tell us that this might not be the last time that the heat causes pavement problems.

As drivers rushed to get home on a hot Friday afternoon the sun was beating down on the pavement on Interstate 295. The triple digit temperatures caused parts of the roadway to buckle forcing emergency repairs.

"It's a pretty common occurrence in this part of the country during the really hot summer months," said VDOT spokeswoman, Dawn Eischen. "Unfortunately for the Richmond area this occurred right before rush hour."

Crews were called out to fix the heat related pavement failure in one lane, then part of a second lane buckled under Friday's intense heat.

"The first one happened around 2 o'clock Friday afternoon and the other one about four o'clock and they were right near each other and thankfully no one was traveling in the right lane when the second one occurred," said Eischen.

Crews were forced to close two lanes on I-295 as they worked. They tried to keep cool by staying hydrated. Despite the lane closures on what's typically a busy traffic time, cars were still able to speed by as construction workers dug out pieces of road to make the necessary repairs. VDOT officials are expecting more scenes like this as the summer continues.

"And if the heat continues the way it is we could have more," said Eischen.

You can keep up to date about road conditions and other problems on the VDOT's website. www.511virginia.org

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