About 90 miles of Northeast Texas highways will receive new surfaces during the summer of 2018.

These projects are now onthe books with a contract awarded in October by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

The Texas Transportation Commission approved a bid of $3.5 million from CDM Holdings of New Boston to seal coat highways in seven counties located within the Atlanta District

"Seal coating a highway involves placing a layer of hot asphalt over the old pavement and then covering it with crushed stone," said Glenn Green, District Engineer in Atlanta.  "This is a relatively inexpensive process that makes the roadway surface watertight, improves skid resistance and preserves the pavement structure."

In an effort to help keep used tires off Texas landscapes, the district is requiring the asphalt used to be mixed with "crumb rubber" made from grinding up old tires.

"Using crumb rubber in our asphalt has proved to be an excellent process for seal coating our highways.  The rock is less likely to pull loose, there are fewer occurrences of the asphalt bleeding through the rock and it can be used on a wider variety of surfaces," Green said.

The following highways are scheduled to be resurfaced during the summer of 2018 in our area:


Bowie US 67

From: SH 8 South

To: Anderson Creek

Bowie US 82

From: 0.4 mile west of US 259

To: FM 1840

Bowie US 82

From: SH 98

To: 0.5 mile west of SH 8

Bowie FM 989

From: FM 559

To: IH 30

Bowie Spur 86

From: US 82

To: IH 30

Cass SH 8

From: SH 155

To: FM 995