The U.S. Highway 75 service roads are getting a face-lift in the form of weatherproofing the roadway surfaces to be followed by restriping.

Texas Department of Transportation actually began the road improvements a few weeks ago when it laid down fresh product on the sides of the service roads, filling in gaps where, workers said, large trucks had moved off the pavement and separated the roadway from the unpaved shoulders.

Now, this past week, contracted company Brannan Paving has seal coated the service roads in Van Alstyne and Howe and will continue northward to Sherman, said TxDOT Public Information Officer Tim McAlvay. “This is regular, annual summer road maintenance work that is necessary to weather-proof roadway surfaces. The work is temperature dependent. Hot summer is the best time for this work, since heat is necessary to bond a coat of fresh oil to the existing roadway, and to bond the small rock applied over the oil to the oil and roadway surface,” he said.

McAlvay said that this work is being accomplished throughout the Paris District, which includes Grayson County. The adjoining U.S. 75 service roads south of County Line Road are serviced by the Collin County branch of TxDOT, and so are not included in this phase of improvement.

The service roads through Van Alstyne are two-way, and that will be depicted by the yellow center stripe which will be painted once the repaving process is completed.

TxDOT asks that, when drivers near this or any road construction, they slow down to approach and travel through, especially following flagmen’s directions.

“This is preventative maintenance that is critical to seal out moisture and prevent damage to the pavement,” McAlvay said.