Seal coating taking place on area highways

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Texas Department of Transportation crews are resuming the annual summer seal coat operations to help preserve roadways throughout the Tyler District.

Work kicks started this week State Hwy. 11 in Wood County.


Seal coat is the department’s preventive maintenance program that utilizes a two-step process to cover existing roadway surfaces with a layer of hot asphalt followed by rock. The process seals the roadway to keep water out thereby adding years of life and requiring less maintenance while providing a new driving surface for motorists, according to TxDOT officials.


TxDOT said motorists can expect some travel delays and lane closures as the work continues for the next five weeks across seven of the district’s eight counties. Traffic control will be provided by flaggers.

The expected completion date for the $8.5 million contract is the end of August.


“Be advised that the schedule is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen issues,” TxDOT said.


TxDOT also reminds drivers “to use caution when traveling through all work zones, obeying traffic control devices and watching for workers. Remember traffic fines double when workers are present.”

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