Several state routes in Jasper and Newton counties are scheduled to be sealed with a mixture of rock and oil beginning the week of July 1, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Here’s a look at the locations and the tentative schedule:

• Newton County Route NN at Redings Mill south approximately 11 miles to Kapok Drive – mid-August.

• Missouri Route 86 in Newton County from the roundabout at East 50th Street in Joplin south approximately one mile to Broad Lawn Circle – mid-August.

• Missouri Route 43 in Jasper County from the roundabout at Missouri Route 96 north approximately 14 miles to Missouri Route 126 in Barton County – late August.

Weather and/or construction delays could alter the work schedule. Drivers can expect one-lane traffic with flaggers and pilot vehicles directing them through the work zone. Traffic could be stopped for several minutes. Delays are expected.

Drivers are urged to use caution and reduce their speed when traveling over recently-sealed sections of highways.

A chip-seal is planned for these roads as an economical way to maintain and preserve the roadway. The treatments keep a road from deteriorating and will extend its life.

Blevins Asphalt Construction Co., Mt. Vernon, is the contractor at a total cost of $2.2 million. Estimated completion date is Nov. 1.


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