(Photo From the Illinois Department of Transportation)

With extreme heat dominating the forecast, the Illinois Department of Transportation cautioned motorists to be on the lookout for pavement buckling on roads throughout the state.

Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman says this coming week will be the hottest of the year. That means Illinois roadways may begin to break down. Pavement failures or blowouts occur when prolonged high temperatures cause the road to expand and buckle up or blow out, resulting in uneven driving surfaces.

Precipitation and humidity increase the potential for buckling. While it’s impossible to predict where or when failures may occur, the Illinois Department of Transportation is advising the public to remain alert to slowing traffic and move over and slow down for maintenance workers and other emergency personnel. Pavement failures can be reported to IDOT by calling 800-452-4368.