Heat buckles North Road in Southold

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The section of Route 48 in Southold that buckled under the heat.

Having a hard time taking the early summer heat? The North Road in Southold couldn’t either.

With temperatures up into the 80s, a section of the concrete roadway beneath the asphalt topcoat in the eastbound lane just east of Boisseau Avenue buckled under the heat sometime early Tuesday, creating a rise of 8 to 10 inches and forcing police to divert traffic onto the shoulder, said Town Police Chief Martin Flatley.

“It almost looks like a skateboard ramp,” he said.

Route 48 is a county road and so the responsibility for fixing it falls to the Suffolk Department of Public Works. Chief Flatley said a county contractor is expected to start the job on Wednesday.

Portions of the North Road have buckled during hot weather in the past and the fix has been to cut out the concrete and replace it with asphalt, the chief said.

He said it was unclear if the construction work would require closing one or both lanes.

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