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Pavement on US 52 buckles under extreme heat

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A lane on U.S. 52 South in Winston-Salem is closed after DOT officials said extreme heat over the weekend caused the pavement to buckle. 

The left lane of the highway at Akron Drive was closed at 9 a.m. Monday.  It is expected to remain closed until 6 a.m. Tuesday weather permitting. 

DOT officials said they are having to make emergency pavement repairs along the section of highway after the concrete buckled.

“High temperatures caused the concrete to swell, and as the concrete slabs pushed together, the surface of the highway broke apart,” officials said. 

Once DOT crews cut out the damaged section of highway, they will fill it in with new concrete. 

The concrete will require up to 12 hours to harden, after which the lane will be reopened, officials said. 

Both lanes will be open during rush hour on Tuesday. The right lane will be closed at 9 a.m. while crews finish the repairs.

All work should be completed by tomorrow afternoon.

Signs have been placed ahead of the damaged concrete in order to warn drivers.  Drivers are advised to drive slower as they travel through the work zone. 

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