The Texas Department of Transportation Abilene District will begin a project May 6 to preserve area highways with seal coating.
More than 257 miles of state-maintained roadways are part of the district's 2013 seal coat program. Roadways in Nolan, Mitchell, Howard, Borden, Scurry, Fisher, Taylor, Callahan, Haskell, Jones, Stonewall and Shackelford counties will receive $7.9 million worth of preventive maintenance seal coat work.
"Maintenance and system preservation is our largest expenditure, and seal coating provides a variety of benefits to the roadway, including a waterproof surface that prevents moisture from entering and weakening the roadbed," said Snyder Area Engineer Mike Molter, P.E., who is overseeing the project. "Seal coating also reduces deterioration and cracking of the asphalt surface, which will prolong the life of the pavement."
Weather permitting, the work will take three weeks to complete. Motorists can expect lane closures and a pilot car to guide traffic through work zones. Drivers are asked to be on the lookout for workers and to avoid distractions.
The following roadways are included in this year's seal coat program:
Nolan County - IH 20
Mitchell County - FM 670, SH 163
Howard County - FM 669, FM 1584
Borden County - FM 2350
Scurry County - FM 1611, FM 1607, FM 644
Fisher County - FM 1085, FM 419, FM 1606
Taylor County - FM 1082, US 83
Callahan County - IH 20, SH 206, SH 279, SH 6
Shackelford County - FM 576, SH 6
Haskell County - FM 618, US 380, US 277, BU 277
Nolan County - IH 20 SR
Jones County - FM 3034, US 180, BU 277
Stonewall County - FM 1835
"Safety is the top priority at TxDOT and the basis for planning, building, and maintaining our transportation system," Molter said. "Our road network requires constant maintenance and preservation. The public depends on transportation every day, and TxDOT is responsible to Texas drivers, our partners and others to be responsible stewards of our state's resources."