NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Pavement Sealing Work Planned On Newton County Route E May 5-7
Newton County – A pavement sealing project is planned for Newton County Route E north of Granby during the week of May 5, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
Drivers can expect traffic stops of up to 20 minutes where crews are working to apply rock and oil to the road. The process is designed to seal cracks and preserve the pavement.
During the chip-seal operation and even for a while afterwards, loose gravel may be on the road. So drivers are urged to slow down in the work zone to keep from throwing rocks into the air that could crack windshields.
The work zone speed limit will be set at 35 mph.
* Traffic may be stopped for up to 20 minutes where the work zone begins. A rock spreader being used in the chip-seal operation covers the entire width of the road. Using equipment that covers the full width of the pavement enables the work to go quicker than doing one lane at a time.
* One-lane traffic also is possible, because equipment will be on the road. Drivers should obey flaggers on either end of the work zone and follow a pilot vehicle that will lead vehicles through the work area.
* Drivers on side roads and driveways approaching the highway will have to stop and wait to follow a pilot vehicle before pulling onto or crossing the highway.
A chip-seal is planned for these roads as an economical way to maintain and preserve the pavement. The treatment keeps a road from deteriorating and extends its life.
Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.
· 31 routes to be sealed between May and late August in MoDOT’s Southwest District
· Prime contractor: Blevins Asphalt of Mount Vernon
· Construction cost: $3.2 million
· Project completion date: August 28, 2014
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