Chip sealing to begin on State Road 11

Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews will begin chip sealing an 8-mile section of State Road 11 in Jackson and Bartholomew counties on or after Tuesday, weather permitting.

The work will be done from .24 miles north of Interstate 65 to 4.84 miles south of State Road 46 (Southern Crossing).

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, according to a news release from INDOT.

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.