John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Minnesota highways have gotten a lot more interesting with the addition of launch-ramps.
If you’ve ever dreamed of flying, the place to go this weekend was Minnesota. Several days of 90-plus-degree heat buckled roads across the state, launching speeding vehicles toward the horizon like the got’dang Dukes of Hazzard.
A Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic camera caught some of the automotive acrobatics happening Saturday on Highway 36:
Repair crews have since leveled this impromptu road-ramp, reports KARE-11. Here’s another so-called “blow-up” on I-90, as well as an explanation for why these ruptures happen from the National Weather Service: