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Hot enough to melt asphalt...

The Virginia Department of Transportation is asking drivers to be on the alert for problem areas on the road that might need emergency repairs.

Albert Rollins, VDOT's interstate maintenance manager in Northern Virginia, said roads in the region are at risk of buckling because of temperatures that have hovered in the 90s.

VDOT officials said crews repaired buckling pavement on I-395 near Seminary Road in Alexandria on Wednesday and will be on alert this weekend when temperatures are expected to soar above 100 degrees.

"Pavement expands in the heat, and cannot contract if it does not cool down enough overnight," Rollins said. "It continues to expand, and that's when we see damage."

Drivers can report problem patches of pavement by calling 703-383-8368 or completing an online request form. In Arlington County, which maintains its own roads, call 703-228-3000. For Maryland state roads, you can complete a form here. In the District, you can call 311 or send a tweet to @DDOTDC. And here's a list of county road departments in Maryland.

Update: For Alexandria, you can report a problem using this online form.

Have you noticed the roads worsening in the heat? Post a comment below.

By Michael Bolden  | July 22, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Highways, Northern Virginia, Virginia  
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Might I suggest that this post also include information for the City of Alexandria? In addition to Arlington, independent cities also maintain their own roads (except for Interstate highways, which are VDOT's responsibility everywhere).

Posted by: 1995hoo | July 22, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Sure. We apologize for the oversight.

Michael Bolden
Development &
Transportation Editor

Posted by: Michael Bolden | July 22, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Summer 2010: The Earth Strikes Back

Posted by: jiji1 | July 22, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

When I was growing up in Columbia, Missouri. the streets normally would "melt" during the summer "global warming" and we kids would get sticks and small rocks to mould the hot tar into shapes that would carry water into designs and shapes when it would rain. Now I live in Arizona where the summer temperatures get between 110 to 120, but it is a DRY HEAT!

Posted by: Phxenigma | July 22, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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