As the summer continues to creep toward 100-degree temps, area roadways are beginning to see instances of damage.

As the summer continues to creep toward 100-degree temps, area roadways are beginning to see instances of damage.

In an 8:27 p.m. Facebook post Wednesday from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), officials warned drivers that a small section of pavement on Harrison Street just north of Interstate 40 had buckled from the heat.

“This was reported to us by the Shawnee Police Dept. (Wednesday) night,” Cody Boyd, ODOT Media and Public Relations Division, said.

Damage was limited to the curbside southbound lane of SH-18 (Harrison) just south of the intersection at Garrett's Lake Road.

Boyd said repairs began early Thursday morning and the damaged pavement was removed.

“ODOT crews have been pouring new concrete, which must have adequate cure time before it can bear the weight of traffic,” he said. “We estimate the lane will remain closed through Friday evening.”

The seasonal issue is nothing new or surprising for ODOT officials.

“This happens all over the state and it’s difficult to predict where and when,” Boyd said. “It is far more likely to occur in older pavement that has deteriorated.”

Pavement is always expanding and contracting as temperatures change, he said.

“With the very hot temperatures we often see from late June to early September,” he said, “sections of pavement will expand and began to push against each other until there is nowhere to go but up or down.”

The pop-up on SH-18 was actually at a location that already had a joint sawed in the pavement to allow for expansion, he said.

“We have superintendents driving the highways every day looking for potential issues,” Boyd said, “but we absolutely need the public’s help if they drive upon something like this.”

Residents are encouraged to call Oklahoma Highway Patrol at *55 to report an issue immediately so crews can be notified.