The city of Hutto launched efforts to proactively prevent road deterioration beginning in May.

The details

Crews began spraying a pavement preservation treatment May 6, which will take several weeks and coats to complete. Several of the days when streets were to be closed for the maintenance have been rescheduled due to weather.

The treatment uses HA5, a mineral that physically bonds to asphalt and creates a protective shield intended to save costs over time.

The city of Hutto will see 83% in cost savings over the life of the road, said Kent Nobis, a Texas regional director of pavement management and preservation.

"Not only is it a great strategy for maintaining the [road] network, but it's a huge cost savings to the taxpayers," Nobis said. "With a minor inconvenience [of] shutting your street down for a day, you're getting a huge return on investment."

Zooming out

Nobis said it can cost an average of $1.2 million in Texas to reconstruct one mile-long lane.

HA5 is now used by over 200 public agencies, according to Holbrook Asphalt Co., the contractor on the project.

Next steps

Maintenance crews are expected to finish by the end of May, weather permitting. Residents can find more information and locate streets where work is being done on the city's information page.