Three residential areas will experience minor inconveniences when street crews begin its slurry seal project.

Drew Wells, director of community services, said this is not a major reconstruction plan.

“The slurry seal is a thin coat of oil and aggregate mixture used to seal the street,” Wells said. “The layer is to prevent moisture from seeping into cracks, deteriorating the surface.”

He said the slurry seal would prolong street life five to seven years.

“Crews will arrive from San Antonio Thursday and begin work Friday,” Wells said. “Residents in specific areas will be notified a few days prior to work beginning so they can plan alternate routes and diminish inconvenience,” he said.

He said the total project will take approximately four days if there is no interruption due to bad weather.

“Street workers are already doing base work on spot areas to expedite the project when large equipment is brought in,” he said.

Two residential areas will be affected beginning Friday.

Paddock and McCart streets between Frey Street and Lingleville Highway will be scheduled, plus portions of West Park, West Oak, and West Elm.

Other areas are West Pecan between McCart and Race streets and West Minnie between Paddock and Race.

Other streets include West Gate's Seminole, Cheyenne, Omaha, Comanche, and Choctaw.

Work on River North Boulevard will begun Saturday, a slow traffic day, to accommodate the clinic and other businesses.

Wells is asking that motorists use caution and be aware of marked work zones and heavy equipment moving about in specified areas.

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext. 229.