(JACKSON/BARTHOLOMEW CO.)—Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews will begin chip sealing an eight-mile section of State Road 11 in Jackson and Bartholomew Counties, from .24 miles north of I-65 to 4.84 miles south of State Road 46 (Southern Crossing), on or after Tuesday, weather permitting.
Motorists should expect delays in the area due to lane closures in the work zone. Flaggers will be present to manage traffic.
Chip sealing coats existing pavement with liquid asphalt, sealing cracks, and providing waterproof protection. This extends the service life of the roadway and lowers maintenance costs.
Small chips of limestone are used to cover the asphalt, preventing it from spraying vehicles or sticking to tires. The chips also restore surface friction for improved skid resistance, maneuverability, and driver safety.
Chip seal is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique, saving $6 to $14 in taxpayer expenditures for every $1 invested in extending the life of a roadway.