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High temperatures buckle sidewalks

Residents were sweating bullets with the rest of the country last week and into the weekend, with temperatures in the high 90s and the heat index into triple digits. According to various news sources, it was the hottest weather we’ve had since 1936, and a couple of area sidewalks left behind some proof on just how hot it was.

According to Al Kensil, acting DPW Supervisor for Cedar Springs, a sidewalk on N. Main Street between VanderHyde Ford and Aqua Flow buckled up about four inches a little over a week ago, when the heat first started and then one on Muskegon Street near First buckled up about a foot last week.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever seen that,” noted Kensil. “I’ve seen it happen to expressways but not sidewalks.”

Kensil said that the odd thing is that there is a joint in the sidewalk to relieve pressure, but it didn’t crack where the joint was. “We’ll probably try to push it back down when it gets a little cooler or cut out a small section of the sidewalk,” he said.

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