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Extreme heat causes closure of Ogden road lanes

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Jun 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-14 19:35:57-04

OGDEN, Utah — Monday's extreme heat has forced the closure of Ogden road lanes due to buckling.

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The Utah Department of Transportation says 12th Street in Ogden in down to one westbound lane from Wall Avenue to Gibson avenue due to street buckling.

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The closures will remain in effect until crews can make repairs.

Streets buckle in extreme heat for a number of reasons, including "thermal expansion," which occurs when concrete, which expands in the heat, has nowhere to go. Blacktop pavement may buckle when it comes up against concrete.