Daily closures begin Thursday on S.R. 250 for chip seal preservation

JACKSON/JENNINGS CO .— Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to begin chip seal operations on State Road 250 in Jackson and Jennings Counties. Work will take place starting as early as Thursday, May 19, between I-65 at Uniontown and State Road 3 near Paris Crossing. Motorists can expect daily closures from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. along this stretch of road. This is a new start date (originally May 10) following difficulties with materials. Access will be maintained for local residents, school buses, and emergency personnel. 

Chip seal operations typically last three to four days per location depending upon the weather. During operations, the existing pavement is coated with liquid asphalt, which seals cracks and provides waterproof protection. This extends the service life of the roadway and lowers maintenance costs.

Once the seal coat is complete, loose aggregate is applied and swept from the road. After a curing period, crews will return to fog seal the new driving surface and apply pavement markings.

Chip seal is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique that is utilized across the state of Indiana, saving an estimated six to 14 dollars in taxpayer expenditures for every dollar invested in extending the life of a roadway. INDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, and consider worker safety when traveling through active work zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change. 

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