City continues repairs after Milwaukee Avenue buckles

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 6/27/2013 11:18 pm
The blistering heat is not only causing a sweat it's apparently responsible for a busy southwest Lubbock intersection buckling. Since Wednesday night city street crews have been trying to flatten the Milwaukee Avenue roadway.

A weak spot in the concrete slab caused it to break and crack ironically, due to the heat.

Lubbock's Chief Operating Officer Keith Smith said, "What it did is pushed hard enough on that weaker slab that it broke it and pushed it up a little bit."

Tasha Teel owns French Fry Heaven she said, "We come in and we think it's a wreck on the road, but it's no there is no road anymore. It's awesome."
Oh my God it is 110 degrees and the road bent in half," she said. "No, I would have never thought that would have happened."

Teel isn't feeling so heavenly, because her new business is supposed to open in a few days and she has a detour to deal with.

"It's has been interesting lots of our construction guys have big trailers and trucks, and them trying to go around the construction has been really interesting," she said.

Weinerschnitzel employees say it's hard to take customer orders because of the construction noise happening a few feet away.

Employee Marshall Martel said, "It is really bad because our drive-thru is right there, and they are doing construction right there. So it is kind of bad whenever they are like doing things and you are like hold on I can't take your order."

However, there is a positive Martel said it has become a popular hangout for the guys in the orange vests.

"Now that there is no more people coming, there is construction workers," he said.

Drivers are also perplexed. For now, traffic is limited to one lane in each direction.  It makes for a slow roll through the intersection. Crews will be pouring concrete through Thursday night, and with the sweltering heat that should dry in no time.

The Street Department hopes to completely reopen Milwaukee Avenue south of 82nd Street Friday night.

Smith said his crews are now surveying other concrete roadways to see if expansion joints need to be added to prevent similar crackups. 
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