2014-07-01 / Front Page

Pavement Preservation Project Set To Begin On State Road 46

Staff Report

According to information released Monday through the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), maintenance crews are expected to begin a pavement preservation project on State Road 46 (S.R. 46) in Clay and Owen counties as early as today, Tuesday, weather permitting. S.R. 46 will be chip and sealed from State Road 59 to State Road 246

Traffic will be controlled by arrow boards and flagmen in the area they will be working. Work on the roadway is scheduled to last through Monday, July 7. 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. Chip-sealing extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation and any other exposures that could damage a roadway. Crews then sweep off the excess stone and follow up with a fog sealing process. The fog seal is applied on top of the chip-seal work and is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust control.

Drivers are asked to exercise extreme 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.

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