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Road maintenance project begins in Breckenridge today

Road maintenance project begins in Breckenridge today
July 23
11:34 2018

The roads in and around Breckenridge will begin getting a sealcoat today, Monday, July 23. The Texas Department of Transportation Brownwood District project to preserve area highways will also include Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Lampasas, Mills, McCulloch, and San Saba counties.

Northeastern Pavers was awarded the contract for the project, which is anticipated to be completed in Breckenridge in two days. A final center striping will be completed in approximately one week.

According to TxDOT, traffic should be minimally affected as lanes will remain open in both directions of travel, and motorists should be cautious as various lane closures will occur. On Monday morning, U.S. Highway 180, aka Walker Street, was shut down to just two lanes from downtown to just past FM 3099 near Walmart.

The operation will move to State Highway 6, U.S. Highway 183 and State Highway 206 in Cisco, in Eastland County, on July 31.  That portion of the project is expected to be complete by Aug. 3.  Motorists should expect traffic delays as traffic is reduced to one lane.  A flagman and pilot car will guide traffic through the work zone.

“Sealcoat is a layer of liquid asphalt which is topped with small rocks.  This is applied as preventative maintenance to seal cracks and provide new wearing surface to prolong the life of the roadway,” said TxDOT Brownwood’s Director of Operations Eric Lykins, P.E.  “It also increases traction on the roadway.”

The entire sealcoat project for this year is anticipated to be completed by the end of August. Motorists are asked to use caution and slow their speed in areas of construction. As the project progresses through other counties, notification will be given to the public through additional news releases and posts to TxDOT Brownwood District’s local Twitter account (@TxDOTBWD).

Cutline, top photo: Northeastern Pavers crew members place temporary lane markers on the West Walker Street on Monday morning. The company will be putting a sealcoat on the highway over the next couple of days. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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