The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to chip seal roughly two miles of SR 58 next week, weather permitting. Flaggers will be present to direct motorists through the worksite.
Beginning Monday INDOT maintenance crews will begin a pavement sealing process on SR 58 from SR 57 in Elnora to SR 358 just west of North Daviess High School. Once work is complete on SR 58, crews will move to SR 558. It is anticipated work will begin at approximately 7 a.m. local time and be complete by 5 p.m. each day with all work being completed Sept. 6, weather permitting.
The 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. The sealing process extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation and any other exposures that could damage a roadway. Of the pavement preservation methods employed by the state, this process is perhaps the most cost effective. Studies show that every $1 invested it saves $10 in future road repairs.
The fog seal is a light application of asphalt material that seals loose stone and aid with dust problems. It also makes the road black, which makes pavement markings more visible.
Drivers should 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 too closely. It is recommended when travelling on a sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
INDOT reminds motorists to drive slowly through the moving work zones as a matter of safety, and to avoid problems with “road tar” and loose aggregate. For the latest news and information about INDOT, please visit www.in.gov/indot or www.trafficwise.org.