TxDOT’s Districtwide Summer Seal Coat program is underway in Cherokee, Van Zandt, and Wood counties. Seal coat operations will be conducted on roadways around the eight-county Tyler District for the next several months.

“Travel will be impacted during these operations,” said Kathi White, TxDOT spokesperson. “Motorists can expect to see lane closures and experience delays as this work is conducted to preserve the state’s roadways.”

Crews are currently working on US 69 in Cherokee County and finishing up today on Loop 564 in Mineola. On Saturday, May 19, work will continue on US 69 as well as on US 80 in Van Zandt County.

Seal coat is the department’s preventive maintenance program that utilizes a two-step process to cover existing roadway surfaces with a layer of hot asphalt followed by rock. The process seals the roadway to keep water out thereby adding years of life and requiring less maintenance while providing a new driving surface for motorists.

“We ask motorists to pay attention and be patient when driving through these work zones to help ensure everyone’s safety,” White said. “Expect the unexpected because there are a lot of moving parts – flaggers directing traffic, workers using a variety of equipment, and the vehicles traveling through.”

Remember, traffic fines double in work zones when workers are present.

The contractor for this $10.1 million project is Missouri Petroleum, of St. Louis, Mo. The Tyler District includes Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rusk, Smith, Van Zandt, and Wood counties.

Below is a partial seal coat program schedule. Please be advised that planned work schedules are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen issues.