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District-wide seal coat operations continue in Anderson County

ANDERSON CO., July 16, 2013--The Texas Department of Transportation’s annual preventative maintenance program known as District-Wide Seal Coat is scheduled to continue this week in Anderson County as it moves through all eight counties of the Tyler District, treating nearly 300 miles of roadway before concluding work in August.

On Monday, crews are scheduled to seal FM 837 between SH 19 and FM 315 before moving to FM 320 on Tuesday between US 79 in Palestine and FM 645 west of Palestine.

Then beginning Wednesday, crews are scheduled to spend two days sealing SSE Loop 256 between US 84 East and US 79 South, then finish the week sealing US 287 between SE Loop 256 and FM 2419.

“Seal coat is a fast-moving operation,” said TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz. “It’s also cost-effective. We can seal six miles of road for the cost of one mile of hot mix, and the seal coat will last longer.”

TxDOT maintenance crews have been working on the roadways to be sealed for the past 18 months, and the seal coat application will help the repairs last for as many as 10 years in some places.

“Water is a roadway’s worst enemy,” Krantz said. “Seal coats help keep water out of any cracks in the roadway surface, which helps keep potholes from forming. This process is our ounce of prevention being preferable to the pound of cure.”

Also this week in Anderson County, TxDOT maintenance crews are scheduled to make base and pavement repairs in various locations on FM 319 southeast of Palestine.

Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic in two-lane areas. Loose gravel may be present for several days following a seal coat application.

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