2013-09-10 / Front Page

State Road 42 Chip-Seal Project To Last Through September 17

Staff Report

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced late last week that maintenance crews were to begin a pavement preservation project on State Road 42 (S.R. 42) on or after Monday, September 9.

S.R. 42 from Poland to U.S. 231 will be chip sealed.

Traffic will be controlled by arrow boards and flagmen. Work on the roadway is scheduled to last through Tuesday, September 17. The work schedule is subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

The chip-seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new wearing surface. Chipsealing reportedly extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra violet degradation and any other exposures that could damage a roadway.

Drivers should exercise caution during the construction of these projects. Loose stone will be present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt and can damage windshields and paint on vehicles following each other too closely. It is recommended when travelling on a recently chip-sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.

The fog seal is being applied on top of the chip-seal work. The fog seal is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust problems. It also makes the road black, which makes pavement markings more visible.

INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone.

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