Motorists who travel on Highway 371 between Rosewood Street in Jenkins and Highway 87 in Backus encountered lane closures and delays this week as crews applied a chip and seal coating to the road surface.

Highway 371 traffic encountered loose rock chips on the road and lane closures controlled by flaggers and a pilot car. Good weather conditions were necessary to do this work, which was anticipated to be done by Friday, June 21.

Chip and seal coating is a preventative maintenance application that extends the life of the pavement. It provides a protective layer, reducing deterioration due to sun and moisture. Once the chip and seal coating is complete, crews will return in late June to install permanent road striping. This work will be done under traffic.