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Published July 20, 2011, 09:55 PM

Heat Damages Roads In GF

Roads in Grand Forks are beginning to buckle under the summer heat. Concrete is breaking apart on several roads and even part of the bike path. At least five areas need emeregency repairs. Some have been completed, but others are still being worked on.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

Roads in Grand Forks are beginning to buckle under the summer heat. Concrete is breaking apart on several roads and even part of the bike path. At least five areas need emeregency repairs. Some have been completed, but others are still being worked on.

Orange cones and construction zones are a common sight in the summer.

But thanks to the excessive summer heat, there are more repairs than usual in Grand Forks.

"The pavement gets so hot that it wants to expand, and when it can't go anywhere it will just pop up in the air like that- it'll break," Grand Forks Street Superintendent Mark Aubol said.

That break is unpredictable. Pavement can buckle anywhere, and at any time. And this summer's weather has kept construction crews busy repairing the roads.

"So far we've done three and we've got- I think there's two more left that I know of for sure," Tony Anderson Construction Foreman Mark Vigen said.

"We haven't had a blow up now for probably four, five, maybe six years. But again, with the right conditions... I think is what happens with the high heat indexes and the extra humidity and the moisture that we've had from the wet spring all seems to make potential for pavement to pop," Aubol said.

Causing breaks both small and large.

"It can be to where a whole block will go, just depending on the weather," Vigen added.

And that buckled pavement can make driving dangerous if you're not alert.

"We don't want anyone to get hurt. And a couple of them we've had some pretty close calls where they've driven over them and luckily we haven't had a bad incident with it," Aubol said.

Grand Forks hasn't seen pavement pop like this in about five years. But the higher temperatures and the heat index have created the perfect conditions for this to happen.

If you see pavement in need of repair, you're asked to contact the Public Information Center or the Grand Forks Police Department.

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