As temperatures rise, the last thing on drivers minds is having to drive over blow-ups in the road.
Temperatures are expected to stay in the upper 90s this week, which will be the hottest portion of the year thus far.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is warning area residents that with moisture and these hot temperatures the roadway could begin the buckle.
“The so-called “blow-ups” occur when the roadway surface expands at a crack or joint where moisture has seeped in. That crack weakens the pavement and the heat causes the pavement to buckle and warp,” a release from MoDOT stated. “While it is difficult to predict where or when a pavement blow-up will happen, Missouri Department of Transportation crews monitor state routes during the summer months for possible problem areas.”
Cooper and Howard counties have hundreds of miles of state roads that MoDOT has jurisdiction over, making the task difficult.
Motorists can call MoDOT’s toll-free customer service center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) to report pavement blow-ups.