A start date for the work has not yet been released.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract to W.L. Miller, of Hamilton, Illinois, for projects in five counties, including Macon and Linn counties in the amount of $4,970.996.

Missouri Route 3 in Macon and Adair counties will be chip sealed from east Missouri Route 11 in Adair County to Missouri Route 156 in Macon County near Cardy.

Missouri Route 11 in Linn, Adair, Knox and Sullivan counties will also be chip sealed from Missouri Route 15 near Baring to Missouri Route 129 in Linn County (two disconnected sections).

There will also be work done on Missouri Route 6 in Adair and Knox counties; Adair County Route H and Route P.

According to a press release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, a chip seal can be accomplished without closing a road; however, it is extremely important drivers significantly reduce their speed during and immediately after the operation. Excess rock is swept away by crews shortly after the operation is complete. Typically, within a few days, the rock has either been embedded into the oil or removed from the surface. The purpose of this operation is to keep a road in its same condition by infusing it with oil.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zones while the work is completed. The work could begin as early as this spring and should be completed before next fall.

A work schedule will be released at a later date.