Road hazards have been often discussed on this site, as such road hazards can suddenly present a dangerous situation to motorists and other road users such as motorcyclists. Road hazards can take many forms, including items that are sitting on the roadway or items that fall off of other vehicles. These hazards are often unexpected and can pose a challenge to drivers who have to avoid hitting such objects.
One category of road hazard relates to pavement deformities. This including potholes, broken pavement, uneven pavement, large cracks, and gravel. One type of pavement problem is pavement buckling. This involves the sudden “buckling” of pavement during which one portion of the pavement sudden breaks and rises significantly above the roadway.
While this is somewhat rare, it has happened in the Chicago area during times of hot temperatures. Recently, there was an incident on Route 41 in Highland Park, and past incidents have happened in Chicago as well as other areas.
The May 27, 2018 Mokena Patch article titled “Hot Temperatures Cause Concrete To Buckle On LaGrange Road” discusses a pavement buckling that happened on Sunday (May 27, 2018) in Frankfort, on LaGrange Road south of Nebraska Street.
An excerpt from the article, commenting on pavement buckling that happened on May 26:
This is the second time this week that excessive heat has created buckling concrete on LaGrange. A similar occurence happened Saturday, but the Illinois Department of Transportation was able to fix it.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this road hazard issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.