Heat affecting Central Texas roads

POSTED: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 6:03pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- You may never notice it but while you're moving along in your vehicle so is the ground beneath you, creating all sorts of problems during your daily commute.

"What we get with the heat, as far as the heat affecting the roads, the soil shrinks, when it shrinks whatever's on top of it you know responds accordingly. And in the case of asphalt, it will just drop, in which case we get a bump, a hump for example around a culvert or at a bridge end," said Ken Roberts, TxDOT information officer.

Roberts says they always plan ahead but in an extreme drought there will always be more problems.

"Texas is hot, always hot. So we plan on this type of thing, but when you get extended periods, as we've been going through here recently, you have a few more things show up than we might have planned for," said Roberts.

Those extended periods are also extending hours for those who work on these roads and while repairing the damages, there are other factors that can make a job even longer.

One of the issues these workers face beside repairing the road, is traffic, which prolongs the repairing process.

Every person that drives through a work zone could potentially cause more damage to the already fragile roads.

And Roberts said if everyone is just more aware of these conditions everything will run a lot smoother.

"People have to be aware of road conditions. So as you drive along and you're looking at the roadway, you might see bumps, you might see those kinds of things, you might recognize the fact that it's extremely hot outside and you might slow down a little. So reduce speed and just be aware of the situation around you as you, as you drive."

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