The hot weather could be bad news for roads

10 months 1 week 6 days ago July 11, 2016 Jul 11, 2016 Monday, July 11 2016 Monday, July 11, 2016 2:13:00 PM CDT in News
By: Allison Ross, KOMU 8 News
loading

COLUMBIA- Hot weather leads to buckling roads and emergency repairs.

This morning the quiet street of Steeplechase Drive was woken up by construction crews ripping up their road. Because of the intense heat, their road began to buckle.

Barry Dalton, public information officer public works department for Columbia said buckling roads is common in Missouri and the United States when it gets hot out.

"If there's a weakness in the pavement that you can either see or you can't see, maybe there is a crack, or maybe the pavement is built with a joint in it and in the hot weather. If heat gets under there or moisture gets under there it can cause what's called a heat buckle and that can happen pretty rapidly," Dalton said. 

Dalton said these bumps in the road can turn into big problems for cars and pedestrians.

"City streets and buckles and potholes, they are like snowflakes, they are not all the same. Some can be big and some can damage cars, some can, you know non-motorized transportation users: bicyclist can get hurt in them. That is why we take them very seriously. We do as much street preventive maintenance as we can."

Torin Hunter, Columbia, said he could see how buckles like this one could be dangerous.

"If you're going at a high speed, which you probably don't want to do that, you would kind of fly over it a little bit. So I can see the importance of the construction and why they are doing it," Hunter said.

Dalton said it is a very important problem that they try to fix quickly. In the summer public works is busy trying to keep up with the heat related problems on the roads.

"Well it's always a challenge, we've got a lot of work going on in the summer to maintain the streets. We have: chip seal going, we've got mill and overlay, we've got crack repair, we've got people out doing stripping, we've got chip seal," Dalton said.

To determine which roads need the most help, Dalton said public works has a rating system.

"We rate all the streets on a scale of one to ten and the streets with the highest rating, those are the best streets and the streets with the lowest rating, we will send out to mill and overlay, sometimes we will chip and seal. And some streets if they are pretty good, won't get any maintenance at all but there may be a crack or a weakness in that pavement that is not apparent and the heat and the moisture comes and they cause a buckle," Dalton said.

For a buckle in the road, Columbia public works will send out people within one day and for a pothole, it's one to two days. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - MU has found its new chancellor. On Wednesday, UM System President Mun Choi introduced Alexander Cartwright as... More >>
1 hour ago May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:10:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
FAYETTE - The city of Fayette Wednesday night issued an immediate boil advisory until further notice for all residents affected... More >>
3 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:06:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker has taped messages from constituents to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens's door... More >>
5 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:28:50 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A Target 8 investigation background checked Columbia Uber drivers and took a closer look at the ride-share company’s... More >>
6 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:57:00 PM CDT in Target 8
MOBERLY - Moberly no longer will euthanize animals with a gas chamber. In exchange for getting rid of the... More >>
8 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:39:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia visitor Zach Walther describes Uber as "convenient." The 23-year-old frequently uses the ride-sharing app, which arrived... More >>
8 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:28:00 PM CDT in Target 8
ST. CHARLES - The third day of the murder trial involving the death of a Missouri state trooper ended with... More >>
8 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:20:00 PM CDT in News
OSAGE BEACH - Two detention officers were recognized by the Missouri Sheriffs Association for taking quick action that saved the... More >>
9 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:19:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Gov. Eric Greitens is looking to Washington for financial help to help those affected by major flooding in... More >>
9 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:05:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – As Missouri lawmakers continue discussions regarding the so-called "steel mill bill," legislators from both sides have pitched... More >>
10 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 3:41:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY – A Columbia man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.... More >>
10 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:55:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police officers took a 15-year-old male into custody after receiving reports of the student threatening violence at... More >>
11 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:31:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
MANCHESTER -Manchester, England is roughly 4,000 miles away from Missouri. But for students studying abroad, it can feel like a... More >>
12 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:02:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA — Callaway County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Columbia woman after they pulled her over and discovered she had a... More >>
12 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:51:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A health system based in Kansas City, Missouri, has signed an agreement with Washington University in... More >>
14 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:49:52 AM CDT in News
KINGDOM CITY — A Fulton man was taken into custody last night after a short vehicle pursuit on Old Highway... More >>
14 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Authorities are investigating the deadly shooting of a 28-year-old man in northeast Columbia. Police said in... More >>
15 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:23:00 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A bat in St. Louis County has tested positive for rabies, and health officials say it should... More >>
15 hours ago May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:59:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
2am 52°
3am 51°
4am 50°
5am 49°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:37a
Paid Program
2:07a
Today
3:00a
Mad Money
1:30a
Seinfeld
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
8:00p
Running Wild with Bear Grylls
9:00p
Red Nose Day
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld