RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be alert to the possibility of buckled pavement during the current heat wave.
The department says extreme heat can cause pavement to crack or buckle, and motorcyclists should be especially careful. According VDOT, buckling is prevalent in the mid-Atlantic states of Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Minor buckling was repaired earlier this week on Interstate 395 in northern Virginia.
VDOT crews are on special alert for emergency repairs this weekend as temperatures are expected to soar above 100 degrees.
Excessive heat warnings are in effect for much of the mid-Atlantic region with temperatures expected to feel like 110 degrees in the Baltimore-Washington area.
The National Weather Service says high temperatures are expected to surpass 100 degrees Saturday. And the heat index will be around 110. That means there's a high risk for heat exhaustion or other illnesses for those outdoors or in places without air conditioning.
Officials in Alexandria, Va., are urging residents to beat the heat by spending time in libraries, recreation centers and at city pools. They are urging residents to stay indoors or in the shade and to drink plenty of water.
The excessive heat warning is in effect until 10 p.m.