FARGO — City of Fargo crews removed a damaged portion of 42nd Street South, Monday, June 29, after heat caused a large section of roadway to buckled due to heat.
You usually hear and see this kind of work at the height of summer, but this time, it is because of summer that Fargo city crews are removing the section of street.
"Pavement temps are probably at lest 120(degrees)," said city worker, Lee Anderson. "It is all designed to contract and expand and this time it just didn't have enough room to expand as much as it needed to."
Usually, these heat buckles are a bump in the road, but this one stretched from curb to curb. City crews chiseled out, and removed thick chunks of concrete in preparation for an asphalt band-aid until new concrete will be poured.
Pouring concrete now would mean 42nd street would be closed for weeks, with the pandemic and fewer sales tax dollars coming into city coffers, it isn't in the city budget right now.
"Looking ahead, we anticipate that the second quarter, third and fourth quarters might not be typical," said Fargo city administrator Bruce Grubb at a city meeting in May.
Because of fewer sales tax and less oil revenue for Fargo, the city will spend $82 million on capital improvements instead of $108 million.