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TxDOT's summer asphalt work begins

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HUNT COUNTY - The Texas Department of Transportation has announced the schedule for its 2012 summer asphalt program, which applies seal coat to area roadways each year.

"Our seal coat program is probably the most important maintenance tool we have," says Tammy Sims, area engineer with TxDOT’s Paris District. “The fresh layer of asphalt, covered by crushed rock, provides the protection we need against water penetrating pavements.”

Many times, water under the pavement is the key cause of potholes, rutting, and other pavement problems. TxDot says they try to keep roads sealed on about a seven to eight year frequency.

The following list includes planned asphalt work on roads in Hunt County during the months of June and July:

Monday & Tuesday, June 18 & 19 crews will be on SH 34 from 630' South of SH 276 to Kaufman County Line.

Wednesday, June 20, crews will be on FM 429 from FM 751 to Kaufman County Line.

Thursday, June 21 crews will be on FM 751 from SH 276 to Van Zandt County Line.

Tuesday - Friday, June 26 - 29, and Monday, July 2 crews will be on SH 24 from FM 499 to IH 30, FM 513 to FM 499 and BU 224 to FM 513.

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 3 & 4 crews will be on SH 224 from 0.89 Miles North of FM 2874 to SH 24/50.

Motorists along these routes should expect delays of about 10 minutes, as pilot cars lead one-way traffic past the work crew.  Even after the work crew moves on, slow speeds are advised due to minor amounts of loose gravel remaining on the road.