Thursday, June 16, 2005
As I'm rocketing down the turnpike going eastbound towards my home and hearth, I have noticed something new since Monday. Near the 309 Ft Washington exit, there is a little 'ramp' across the road. At first, it was a little nudge. The next day it was a bump. Yesterday, I nearly 'caught air'. Today, I'm expecting to attain low earth orbit. What is this? What is causing it? Well, it looks like this interesting environmental artifact is making it's presence known all over Pennsyltucky:
- Abnormally high temperatures are being blamed for causing the pavement to buckle on three highways in western Pennsylvania, forcing road crews to make emergency repairs.
Crews have been busy since Friday, when an eastbound lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike just before the Ohio line heaved and buckled in several spots over a two-mile stretch. The lane was closed for three days.
Since then, road crews have also tended to warped sections of onramps to Interstate 79 and Interstate 376. All three highways have reopened.
'This is a fairly uncommon occurrence and, in fact, it may fall under the category of rare,' Joe Agnello, a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission spokesman, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in a story published Thursday. 'We don't have them every year. But when you get eight or nine straight days of higher temperatures, you're more susceptible to them.'