As temperatures rise, more kinks in the road are possible


SALT LAKE CITY – Temperatures are expected to climb well into the 90s along the Wasatch Front this week, causing some road damage.

Officials say this could pose a danger to drivers in Utah.

John Gleason with the Utah Department of Transportation said road bends usually occur in early summer.

“Our crews are always ready and ready to respond,” Gleason said. “Even last night they were there within minutes and worked all night into the early morning hours to get that road open again.”

UDOT closed the northbound lanes of I-15 leading to the southbound I-215 beltway in Midvale on Wednesday evening after the road buckled.

Gleason said the buckling affected all northbound lanes.

It took until 6 a.m. on Thursday morning before the road was reopened.

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Unfortunately, Gleason cannot predict exactly when and where the buckling will occur. But it usually affects older concrete, especially where debris and stones have become trapped between the concrete slabs.

Gleason describes it as looking like crumbling concrete.

“If you see concrete crumbling around a certain area, call 911 as it could quickly become an emergency,” Gleason said.

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