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Heat explodes pavement on Missouri street

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of Northland drivers are having to find detours.

The Missouri Department of Transportation closed the on-ramp from Pleasant Valley Road to Interstate 35 southbound Wednesday morning.

MoDOT said the sidewalk there got so hot it exploded.

“This particular sidewalk blast is pretty big,” said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Matt Killion. “We’re not used to seeing them that big and that much effort to fix.”

He said they removed the sidewalk on Wednesday and hope to pour concrete on Thursday.

Killion said they hope the ramp will reopen by Friday.

The department said such problems arise when it gets incredibly hot.

“Fractures occur when road surfaces expand at a crack or joint where moisture has penetrated. This crack weakens the base, and the heat causes the base to warp and warp, creating holes in the surface,” MoDOT tweeted.

The ramp will remain locked until the repair is complete.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/heat-causes-pavement-to-explode-on-missouri-roadway/ Heat explodes pavement on Missouri street

Nate Jones

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