Commentary

‘Texas Glue’ used to rehabilitate county roads

With the summer months here aga in a nd what appears to be another run of dry weather ahead of us, rough and dusty county roads are again a problem.

We’ve made some progress in the past year with a few sections being hard surfaced in the Sharp and Davilla area with RAP material (reclaimed asphalt product) (CRs 404 Loop, 410A, and Davilla Streets) along with CRs 307, 310 and 448.

Also a few miles of chip seal surfacing has been done on CRs 250, 440, 442.

Hard surfacing of roads costs some $25,000 to $30,000 per mile minimum not including base preparation.

We have purchased equipment to be able to do this work with our own crews, being as efficient as possible and intend to do as much as we can in the future as funds allow.

Another improvement has been the purchase of screening equipment in Precinct 2 to remove large rocks from gravel used to resurface roads.

Commissioner Kenneth Hollas has resurfaced approximately 25 miles of roadway (CRs 139, 226, 229, 238, 255, 260, 269, 270) using this material which should help in cutting down on flats and roughness in those areas.

Work is currently under way along CR 232 around Minerva.

One of the most promising improvements that is taking place is the use of a product called Texas Glue being used primarily in Precincts 1 and 4 to rehabilitate and stabilize old graveled surfaces.

This material stabilizes the surface and helps eliminates dust as well. If the material is worked into the roadway the resulting hardened surface will hold up for several months, even helping prevent erosion if we are fortunate enough to get some rain in the ensuing months.

Cost to prepare and shoot a graveled road with Texas Glue is approximately $10,000 to $12,000 per mile ($8,000 if sprayed on for dust control only).

An advantage is that no additional material is needed, the road can be built back up using the old spent gravel that no longer contains binder, and the Texas Glue (commonly called Rinosnot) serves as the binder to “glue” it together.

Generally a road prepared in this manner can later be permanently surfaced with a chip seal or other hard surface if so desired without any additional preparation.

In the past year Commissioner Jeff Muegge has surfaced some 6 to 8 miles of road in Precinct 4 (CRs 307, 440, 420, 442, 448). Commissioner George Tomek has surfaced approximately 3 miles in Precinct 1 (CRs 201, 203 and dust control on 103 407, 408, 409), using Texas Glue ,with plans to also do CRs 206, 214, and 215 as well.

Major right-of-way widening projects have taken place in several areas including CRs 358,404L, 422, 429, 448, and 459 with ditch cleaning and culvert replacement also being a focus around the county.

In my opinion, the commissioners are effectively utilizating the resources that we currently have available.

My intention in the coming months and years ahead is to find more financial resources to provide to them for use in permanently improving Milam County roadways.

We are gearing up our operations to be able to do more and more permanent road surfacing as the funding becomes available.

dbarkemeyer@milamcounty.net


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