The hot weather could be bad news for roads

1 year 1 week 4 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- Two gym owners pushed a truck around town to raise money for charity Sunday afternoon. Michael Egnew and... More >>
2 hours ago July 23, 2017 Jul 23, 2017 Sunday, July 23 2017 Sunday, July 23, 2017 5:34:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Mediation is the next step for a federal lawsuit that alleges a former Missouri police officer... More >>
6 hours ago July 23, 2017 Jul 23, 2017 Sunday, July 23 2017 Sunday, July 23, 2017 1:05:44 PM CDT in News
DUTCHTOWN (AP) — A village in southeast Missouri has no elected officials to make decisions after flooding in recent years... More >>
7 hours ago July 23, 2017 Jul 23, 2017 Sunday, July 23 2017 Sunday, July 23, 2017 12:34:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Show-Me State Games have been taking place this weekend across Columbia despite the heat. Participants have played... More >>
7 hours ago July 23, 2017 Jul 23, 2017 Sunday, July 23 2017 Sunday, July 23, 2017 12:03:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A man died of gunshot wound after he was transported to a local hospital in a personal vehicle... More >>
21 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 10:37:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
PUTNAM COUNTY - The Putnam County Sheriff's Department canceled the Endangered SILVER Advisory for Thomas B. Carman after he has... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:26:55 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Saturday former Mizzou Football and basketball raised over $40,000 for charity and left it all on the court... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 5:53:00 PM CDT in News
STURGEON - Extreme heat caused the Boone County Fair to get off to a late start on Saturday. "The... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:24:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Show-Me State Games are in full swing with a showcase of over 30 sports with competitors from all... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 3:45:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA – The Boone County Sheriff’s Department, in a joint effort with the Boone County Fire Department, trained children in... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 3:09:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A man died and two females were critically injured in an apparently accidental carbon monoxide poisoning... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 2:54:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Fifty-eight law enforcement agencies across Missouri are cracking down on speeding from Friday to Sunday. They will stop... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 2:15:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police used pepper spray to disperse a crowd protesting outside the city's medium-security jail... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:36:20 PM CDT in News
CHESTERFIELD (AP) — The former administrator of a Chesterfield pediatric clinic is charged with stealing more than $115,000 from the... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:32:35 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Greene County authorities are looking for nine people who are believed to be involved in an alleged... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:25:05 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating three shooting deaths that occurred within four hours Friday. The... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 11:53:23 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A plant fossil chipped out of a cliff on the grounds of Park University in northwest... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 11:35:32 AM CDT in News
NEOSHO (AP) — A police officer has fatally shot a man who raised a gun during a traffic stop in... More >>
1 day ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:26:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 87°
8pm 85°
9pm 81°
10pm 79°
11pm 78°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
8:00p
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
6:00p
Laws of Attraction
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
8:00p
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
6:00p
Laws of Attraction
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld