Extreme heat causing some roads to ‘bleed’ or buckle in parts of US
Record-breaking temperatures have been commonplace across eastern two-thirds of the country this week
Triple-digit temperatures have been reported across parts of the central and eastern U.S. this week, and the extreme heat has damaged some roads in parts of the country.
Heat alerts have been issued for various parts of the nation all week, and that trend continued Thursday with Heat Advisories in effect from Texas to the coasts of Georgia and Florida. A couple of places in Florida could see some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded Thursday, with temperatures expected to climb above 100 degrees.
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The relentlessly hot weather in Texas caused a road to "bleed" Wednesday. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the extreme heat caused the binder that makes up the asphalt road near Crockett to liquefy and leach onto the surface of the road.
"The temperature on this section of the roadway at the time was 140 degrees," said Rhonda Oaks, spokeswoman for TxDOT’s Lufkin District. "TxDOT crews monitor roadways in extreme temperatures and when this section of roadway in Houston County began to bleed, we treated it immediately."
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According to Oaks, the treatment involved applying water to the affected section of road to cool it down.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation expressed concern about buckling roads earlier this month. In a tweet, the agency warned drivers to be on the lookout for the hazard and call 911 if they spot any buckled pavement.
The heat wave looks to remain in place for at least the next week. According to the Climate Prediction Center, above-average temperatures are likely across the eastern two-thirds of the country through July 6.
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