Bulletin Staff Report

Seal coat work has been scheduled for area counties during the next few months.

“It is summertime again, and for the Texas Department of Transportation, that means seal coat season,” Sandra Parker, spokeswoman for the TxDOT Brownwood District office, said. “Seal coat is a process where fresh asphalt and rock are applied to an existing roadway. The process seals the surface of the roadway preventing moisture from damaging the road base.”

Seal coat is considered one of the best preventative maintenance practices used by TxDOT to extend the life of a roadway anywhere from seven to 10 years, Parker said.

The seal coat process is temperature sensitive and application time is fairly short — usually from May to mid-August. TxDOT districts across the state get in high gear every summer to get roadways across Texas seal coated.

Seal coat is typically a fast moving project. In the next few of months, seal coat operations will move across the nine-county Brownwood district. Seal coat in Brown County will include portions of U.S. 84 from FM 2126 to the Mills County line, U.S. 67 from the Comanche County line to just west of FM 3100, U.S. 183 from FM 583 to FM 1467, and FM 45 from FM 2126 south for five miles.

Caution is advised for all roadway construction and maintenance, Parker said. Motorists should be prepared for delays and brief lane closures.

Ronald R. Wagner & Co. of Kendalia was awarded the $5.9 million contract.