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MODOT: Pavement Sealing Work Planned For Sections of Route 76 and Route 86 In McDonald and Barry Counties

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

McDonald/Barry Counties – A pavement sealing project is planned for Route 76 between Rocky Comfort and Cassville starting Tuesday, May 27, 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 Route 76 between McDonald County Route U west of Rocky Comfort and Route 37 in Cassville. 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.

Contractor crews expect the work to take three or four days to complete.

Once the Route 76 project is complete, crews will move to Route 86 between Barry County Route E/F near Eagle Rock and the Stone/Barry county line. This project is expected to take three or four days to complete.

Driving Delays

* 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.

Project Information:

· 31 routes to be sealed in between May and late August MoDOT’s Southwest District

· Prime contractor: Blevins Asphalt of Mount Vernon

· Construction cost: $3.2 million

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