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Fargo Public Works warns of heat causing road problems

The public is asked to report any pavement damage or buckling by calling the public works department at 701-241-1453 or Red River Dispatch Center at 701-451-7660.

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This is a photo of Fourth Street South in Fargo, which could be in danger because of this weekend's heat.
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FARGO — With temperatures expected to rise above 100 degrees this weekend, Fargo's public works department has issued a rare warning about possible road buckling or damage.

The department said the heat can cause concrete slabs to expand, resulting in the slabs pressing against each other until the surface breaks, causing damage to the road.

The damage can range from minor cracking to large heaves referred to as buckling.

The department urged residents to use caution when driving during the high temperatures.

Buckling can occur quickly, without warning, and create dangerous conditions requiring immediate attention.

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The public is asked to report any pavement damage or buckling by calling the public works department at 701-241-1453 or Red River Dispatch Center at 701-451-7660.

An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. bamundson@forumcomm.com 701-451-5665
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