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KDOT seals 281 in Smith Co.

7/18/2012

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

A job to seal a portion of U.S. Highway 281 in Smith County began Tuesday.

Starting at the U.S. Highway 36 junction and continuing north 15 miles to the Nebraska state line, workers are putting in place a conventional asphalt/chip seal. Workers will spread a thin layer of asphalt over the pavement then coat it with a layer of rock chips that are pressed into place with heavy rollers. Chip seals are a low cost method of sealing minor cracking in a roadway, preventing water from seeping into the pavement and therefore extending the life of the roadway.

Flaggers and a pilot car operation will guide one-lane traffic through the work zone during daylight hours. Motorists should expect delays of 15 minutes or less.

KDOT awarded the $437,000 contract to Blevins Asphalt Construction, Mount Vernon, Mo. Weather permitting, the project will be complete by the end of the week.