The Texas Department of Transportation announced plans Friday to seal coat nearly 80 roads on the South Plains. The project will cost nearly $20 million and will run from June through August.
TX-Dot says maintenance projects like this one help extend the life of highways. However, it is becoming more costly. TX-Dot Public Information Officer Penny Mason says, "This year, we're doing less seal coats than last year because of asphalt prices."
Asphalt is an oil based product and it too has increased just like gas prices. If you are wondering how that might affect construction projects like the Marsha Sharp Freeway, Mason says it won't because those bids are already secure. She says it's the future projects they'll have to worry about.
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