Heat buckle on Broadway causes flat tire, leads to south Wichita road closure

City crews are working to fix a large crack that crosses nearly curb to curb on Broadway in south Wichita.

“This was a heat buckle from the high temperatures. Crews made a temporary repair and the lanes are back open. A permanent repair should be made within the next few days,” Wichita Public Work and Utilities Director Alan King said in an email Tuesday morning.

Wichita police officers at around 6:30 p.m. Monday blocked off northbound and southbound traffic at about 5800 S. Broadway. A Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said a crack in the road had caused at least one flat tire.

The crack stretched nearly all the way across the four lanes on Broadway, which doubles in that area of the city as U.S. 81. In the northbound lanes, apparent asphalt patches had been pushed up and possibly buckled. In the southbound lanes, where the crack’s damage appeared to be worst, chunks of pavement were strewn across the highway.

Traffic detoured to nearby Midland Street.

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