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Excessive heat could be to blame for concrete issues on Houston roadways

Brutal temperatures are creating a new obstacle for drivers.

HOUSTON — Wednesday marks the sixth day of an Excessive Heat Warning in the Houston area, which is now creating a new concern for drivers.

TxDOT crews spent the early morning hours patching up a section of the westbound feeder road along the 610 South Loop near Calais Road in southeast Houston. Crews said the road may have buckled due to the extreme heat.

According to TxDOT officials, at least five to 10 breaks in concrete have popped up on Houston roadways in recent days, including two major breaks that were discovered Tuesday.

"We do have these types of issues at different times," TxDOT's Danny Perez said. "But we're seeing a lot more frequency because of the heat."

READ MORE: How the extreme Houston heat takes a toll on your vehicle

In Brazoria County, Highway 6 at Froberg has reopened after the freeway buckled between Alvin and Manvel. Crews were forced to shut down the highway for hours as they put down a temporary patch.

There's also a large hole on the feeder road near the Chimney Rock exit of the Southwest Freeway that's caused damage to vehicles or forced drivers to swerve to avoid it.

"I was on my way home from work to take my usual exit I always take...now I got two flat tires and only one spare and it's the hottest day of the year here," Titus Parker said.

TxDOT's best advice to drivers is to just pay attention on the road and report any issues you come across before they become bigger.

You can fill out a form on TxDOT's website for a road that needs repairing or call 800-558-9368 if the road needs immediate attention. Within city limits, you can call the City of Houston at 311 to report potholes.

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