(ODON) - Drivers in northern Daviess County should expect delays next week as the state Department of Transportation will be working on State Roads 58 and 358.
Beginning Monday, INDOT maintenance crews will begin a pavement preservation process by chip sealing along SR 58 from US 231 to SR 57. Once this stretch is complete, crews will then move the operation to SR 358 from SR 58 to SR 57.
It is anticipated work will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and be complete by 5 p.m. each day, with all work being completed by Aug.3, weather permitting.
According to an INDOT press release, 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. Of the pavement preservation methods employed by the state, chip sealing is perhaps the most cost effective. Studies show that every $1 invested in chip seal operations saves $10 in road repairs.
Last year, INDOT used chip-seal work on SR 257 south of Washington.
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.
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.
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