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DOT: High Heat Causes Long Island Roadway To Buckle

Crews On The Lookout For More Problems
A patched section of Route 25 in Lake Grove, N.Y. - July 9, 2013 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

A patched section of Route 25 in Lake Grove, N.Y. – July 9, 2013 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

LAKE GROVE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - All the hot weather we’ve been experiencing has made it difficult for some drivers on Long Island.

State Department of Transportation crews spent most of Monday repairing a stretch of buckled roadway on busy Route 25 at the intersection with Route 347 in Lake Grove.

DOT spokesperson Eileen Peters told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs that expanding concrete beneath the road surface is the problem.

“The concrete heats to such a degree that it butts up against the next section of concrete, has no place to go, so it rises up,” Peters said. “If you have asphalt that is laid over the concrete underneath, of course when that rises, the asphalt comes up with it.”

The buckled section of Route 25 has been patched.

Peters said DOT crews are out inspecting other roadways, looking for trouble spots. She said they do anticipate more road buckling problems as long as this hot weather continues.

“This is one of the things that we purposely look for when the weather is this hot to make sure that the roads are smooth, that there is no buckling, and that they are maintained safely,” Peters said.

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