UPDATE: State Road 58 to close for chip seal operations in Jackson and Bartholomew Counties

JACKSON/BARTHOLOMEW CO .— Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to begin chip seal operations on State Road 58 in Jackson and Bartholomew Counties starting on or after Tuesday, August 1.

Crews will be active from just north of State Road 135 near Freetown to one-half mile west of I-65 near Ogilville. 

As part of this work, State Road 58 will close through traffic from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. daily, Tuesday through Thursday, weather permitting. Access will be maintained for local residents.

Chip seal work typically lasts 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.