Contact: Kathi White
Phone: (903) 510-9267
Date: July 12, 2019
TYLER, Texas – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) contractor, Clark Construction of Texas, Inc. has kicked off the annual summer seal coat operations to help preserve roadways in the Tyler District. Work is currently underway in Cherokee and Rusk counties.
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 a layer of crushed aggregate. 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.
On Monday, July 15, work will be completed on US 79 in Rusk County. Seal coat operations will then move to FM 2274 and FM 235 in Cherokee County, and FM 856 in Rusk County. This work schedule is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen issues.
Motorists can expect lane closures and travel delays as the work continues for the next several weeks across the district’s eight counties which include Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rusk, Smith, Van Zandt and Wood. Traffic control will be provided by flaggers.
The installation of final striping and buttons will follow seal coat operations.
Drivers should 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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