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Public Works to Combat Road Heaving and Buckling

Summer sun sets in – breaks up City roads

Winter is not the only season that wreaks havoc on Peoria roads. Extreme summer heat can pressure concrete to expand beyond its joints – causing roads to heave and buckle at joints or weak spots.

Two heavily traveled Peoria roads have already succumbed to the summer sun. Repairs are slated to start on Southwest Washington Street and North Hale Avenue off of Pioneer Parkway in the coming week.

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What is Happening?
North Hale Avenue off of North Pioneer Parkway
Public Works crews have temporarily leveled off a pavement blowup on North Hale Avenue off of Pioneer Parkway. An asphalt patch is currently in place to even out the road for drivers. Starting Monday, July 6, crews will return to the site to remove the temporary fix and carve out a nearly 600 square foot section of the northbound lane. Detours will be in place to direct drivers to North Pioneer Parkway and North Knoxville Avenue. The work should be complete by Monday, July 13, weather pending.

Southwest Washington Street near South Spurck
Commuters who take Interstate 474 into town at the Southwest Adams Street exit may want to slow down if they take the Southwest Washington Street fork. Both northbound lanes of Washington Street will be temporarily closed the week of Monday, July 6 so crews can remove a stretch of warping road. The work should be complete within a day, weather pending.

Motorists should follow all directional signage and watch out for workers and equipment in and around the sites. Detours will be in place to guide drivers to alternative routes.