Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews will begin chip sealing a 10-mile section of State Road 258 from the highway to the bridge over the East Fork White River on or after Monday, weather permitting.
Motorists should expect delays 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, according to INDOT.