About 160 miles of Northeast Texas roadways will be resurfaced during the summer of 2017.

The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded the contract this month to CDM Holdings of New Boston, approving their bid of $3.9 million to seal coat highways in nine counties in Northeast Texas.

"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.

This includes eight projects in Bowie County, including FM 2516 from U.S. Highway 59 to FM 558, and Interstate 30 from the Sulphur River Bridge to Spur 86.