With more heat predicted this summer, Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials are watching road surfaces carefully for road buckling.
ODOT in Sequoyah County had to deal with a buckled U.S. Highway 64 west of Vian Monday. Billy Jacobs, superintendent at the ODOT maintenance yard in Sallisaw, said the highway buckle was repaired in about three hours after it was reported on Monday. The repair covered a 12 foot wide by 15 foot long section of the highway and closed the highway down to one lane for a while.
Jacobs said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported one vehicle, which ramped over the buckle before it was reported, may have been damaged. He did not know the extent of the damage.
“I’m sure we will have to be on the lookout,” Jacobs said about future damage caused by the heat to highways this summer.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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