Indiana Department of Transportation
Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate route
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will have lane closures on State Road 246 in Vigo County beginning on or after Monday, August 15, weather permitting. S.R. 246 will be chip and sealed from State Road 63 and U.S. 41. Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route.
Depending on weather conditions, crews will be on site from 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Work is expected to last through Thursday, August 18.
INDOT crews will be applying a chip-seal treatment to preserve and protect six miles of S.R. 246. Loose stone will be on the highway temporarily during the initial cure of the asphalt. Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Drivers are urged to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles to prevent stone chips from damaging windshields or paint on auto bodies.
Once the chip seal has cured, crews will sweep the highway to clear away loose stone and apply a light application of dark asphalt material to lock in remaining stone and minimize dust.
About Chip-Seal Projects
After years of heavy traffic and winter freeze-thaw cycles, small cracks develop in our highways. If left untreated, moisture seeps into these cracks and form potholes when the water freezes and expands. As the name implies, a chip-seal treatment seals off the cracks. The stone chips provide improved traction for stopping, especially during winter.
During 2015, INDOT employees used more than 86,000 tons of crushed stone and 17,000 tons of liquid asphalt - a total of $12.7 million in operational resources - to apply the seal-coat to more than 1,200 lane miles of state roads. INDOT estimates that using in-house crews instead of contracting the work saved taxpayers nearly $8 million. National research has shown that every $1 used to preserve our pavements saves $6 to $14 in future, more disruptive repairs.
Curious about chip seal projects? View this video to see the benefits, and how they save taxpayer dollars: http://youtu.be/ZfwaAUpk6fo.
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