TxDOT beginning Lufkin-area summer road work

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 8:54pm

Lufkin, TX — The Lufkin district of the Texas Department of Transportation began its annual roadway preventative maintenance program Tuesday in its nine-county region.

Contractors will be pouring seal coat in Houston, Trinity, San Jacinto, Polk, Angelina, Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine and Sabine counties from now until the end of August, according to a TxDOT press release.

The seal coat program in Angelina County is scheduled to begin the week of July 25 and several roadways will be affected, including U.S. Highway 59 from FM 819 past FM 2497 and several other farm-to-market roads.

According to a release from Lufkin district public information officer Kathi White, “Seal coat is a two-step process of applying a layer of hot asphalt to an existing roadway and then covering it with rock. The asphalt seals cracks in the roadway to keep water out, and the oil acts as an adhesive for the rock, thereby providing a new driving surface for motorists.”

Due to a lack of funding at the state level for road projects, the seal coat should help maintain farm-to-market roads and state highways during the next several years, the release stated.

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