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A tire with sealant damage is shown after it had been driven last week on U.S Highway 71 between U.S. Highway 136 and State Route FF.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Road construction along U.S Highway 71 north of Maryville caused tire damage to vehicles driven between State Route FF and U.S. Highway 136 on Thursday night.

Drivers in the area began reporting tar coming off the road and adhering to their tires. The Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that a portion of Highway 71 was closed to traffic as Vance Brothers Inc., out of Kansas City worked to repair the road's surface.

According to a statement from Vance Brothers Inc. after applying a Missouri Department of Transportation approved pavement preservation road treatment known as "Scrub Seal," on Highway 71, "Maryville, MO, experienced a heavy thunderstorm that affected the proper curing process of the material.

"Vance Brothers has previously applied this surface treatment over 180 miles across northwest and northern Missouri with only one other similar rain-related issue."

The release explained that due to the nature of the road oil being applied, a water-based, slow-setting material, the deluge of rain caused the material to lose its adhesion properties and vehicles driving through the affected area experienced build-up of asphalt on the tires and sides of their cars.

"Vance Brothers expresses its apologies for this inconvenience and will strive to accommodate all those affected by this weather-related incident," the company stated.

According to Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong, to file a claim for tar damage from the affected region, drivers should call the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop H at 816-387-2345 and reference report number 190538315. Drivers also are asked to contact Bruce Johnson with contractor, Vance Brothers, at 816-923-4325 or 816-595-7263.

MoDOT has not issued any public communication or responded to The Forum’s requests for comment.

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