MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tuesday’s high of 103 degrees was intense. In fact, it was too much for some of our roads.
MnDOT crews were busy overnight trying to fix some of the roads that buckled with the heat.READ MORE: Girl In 'Very Critical Condition' After Being Shot At Minneapolis Birthday Party
They have been out all Wednesday morning, patching at least 30 spots in the metro roadways.
The damage caused some major traffic headaches during the rush hours the past two days.
Curt Turgeon, a state pavement engineer, said Minnesota has the worst weather when it comes to building stuff outside. Our cold winters and warm summers are such extreme temperature changes and that causes some big problems on the streets.READ MORE: Crews Continue Cleanup After 50-Car Train Derails In Albert Lea
Turgeon said the heat causes the concrete to expand which creates all the problems
“You have all of these joints slamming together. And it takes one joint to be not quite as good as it once was, to not be able to take that pressure … and have the joint pop up,” he said. “It is a blowup.”
Turgeon said the bottom of hills tend to be the most troublesome spot.MORE NEWS: COVID In MN: 805 New Cases, 10 More Deaths Reported Sunday
MnDOT said it will take a couple of weeks before all the road damage is completely repaired.