State Road 256 to close Monday for chip seal project

Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to chip seal State Road 256 on Monday — weather permitting — between County Road 250W in western Scott County and State Road 39 in northeast Washington County.

Surface treatment operations will begin just west of Austin. This 7-mile section of State Road 256 will close to traffic during the one to two days of chip seal activities.

INDOT advises motorists to detour around the closure via Interstate 65, State Road 56 and State Road 39. Residential traffic will be escorted though the work zone by pilot vehicles.

Chip seal applications coat the roadway with liquid asphalt to seal cracks and protect the pavement from harmful ultraviolet rays, extending service life, lowering lower maintenance costs and helping to prevent late-winter/early-spring potholes. Small limestone chips cover the asphalt, providing adequate surface friction for driver safety.

A fog seal of liquid asphalt spray will be applied at a later date.