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IDOT ready for pavement blowouts during heat wave

With this extreme heat, the Illinois Department of Transportation is cautioning drivers to be on the lookout for pavement buckling.

Pavement blowouts happen during a stretch of high temperatures, causing the road to expand and buckle up or blow out. Blowouts could result in uneven roads.

Officials say rain and humidity increases the potential for buckling.

Pavement failures can be reported to IDOT by calling (800) 452-4368 or by reaching out to law enforcement via 911.

Additionally, motorists who must travel during extreme heat are urged to carry drinking water. Becoming stranded could be dangerous without proper hydration, as dehydration can occur quickly in these conditions.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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