Using asphalt for road construction has many benefits including lower cost and ease of repair. According to forconstructionpros.com the gooey substance is poured at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and left to cure as it cools. You would assume this could withstand even the harshest summer heat without returning to its original state, but Australians are finding out that isn’t always the case.
Police in Australia’s southeast state of Victoria, alerted motorists to avoid using the right-hand lane of the Hume Freeway on Friday due to a 6-mile section of road that was melting. It may be cold in the United States, but in parts of Australia, they are experiencing a heat wave of epic proportion. With temperatures regularly reaching over 100 degrees, asphalt roads have softened and turned into a gooey-like melted chocolate.
Officials have explained that the prolonged heat wave along with heavy traffic patterns has contributed to the bizarre phenomenon, and in Victoria, they have issued a warning to stay indoors and avoid going outside altogether.
With the heat waves like this becoming more frequent in the land down under, pouring concrete for streets and highways may be the better choice.