Chip seal begins next week on State Road 135

Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews will begin chip seal operations as early as Wednesday on State Road 135 in Jackson and Brown counties.

Work will take place from the north junction of State Road 58 near Freetown to State Road 46 near Gnaw Bone east of Nashville.

Chip seal operations typically last around three to four days per location depending upon weather. Work is completed under lane closures with flagging to prevent damage to both vehicles and the roadway, according to a news release from INDOT.

During operations, 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 then swept from the road. After a curing period, crews will return to fog seal the new driving surface.

Chip seal is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique that is utilized across the state, saving an estimated $6 to $14 in taxpayer expenditures for every dollar invested in extending the life of a roadway, INDOT said.

INDOT advises motorists to slow down, watch for stopped traffic and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.