(DAVIESS CO.) - The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to chip seal roughly two miles of State Road 58 this week, weather permitting.
Flaggers will be present to direct motorists through the worksite.
Beginning today INDOT maintenance crews will begin a pavement sealing process on S.R. 58 from S.R. 57 in Elnora to S.R. 358 just west of North Daviess High School. Once work is complete on S.R. 58, crews will move to S.R. 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 Friday, September 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 traveling on a sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
INDOT reminds motorists to drive slowly through the moving work zones 1) as a matter of safety, and 2) 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.
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