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Be On The Look-Out For Pavement “Blow-Ups”

It’s bad enough we have to dodge potholes, now we need to worry about “pavement blow-ups”!

MoDOT officials say the scorching heat can cause the “blow-ups” which isn’t actually an explosion at all, it just means the pavement is buckling, causing huge cracks in the asphalt that can warp- bad news for your tires and suspension. When it’s too hot, joint widths aren’t big enough to allow for thermal expansion.

If you see one of these “blow-ups” contact the Missouri Department of Transportation with the location of the road hazard so crews can repair it as quickly as possible.


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