Extreme Heat Buckles Interstate 40 Near Checotah

Sunday, June 19th 2016, 10:17 am
By: News On 6

Motorists ran into some trouble - and a buckled roadway - on Interstate 40 Saturday. Road crews were brought out late Saturday night to do emergency repairs on the major Oklahoma interstate after extreme heat caused I-40 to buckle about a half mile west of the interchange with Highway 69, according to News On 6 storm tracker Darren Stephens.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation workers had to dig out the portion of buckled road which was raised up about eight inches. Several motorists hit the section and notified troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. 

ODOT closed the outside lane of the highway as workers patched it overnight. Another day of extreme heat is expected Sunday though temperatures aren't expected to climb quite as high as the last few days.

The roadway has been repaired, Stephens said.