Chip seal preservation scheduled on State Road 135


Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to begin chip seal operations next week on State Road 135 north of Salem in Washington County.

Work will begin as early as Tuesday from just north of State Road 56 to Kossuth Road, weather permitting.

Chip seal operations typically last around three to four days depending upon weather. Work is completed under lane closures with flagging to prevent damage to both vehicles and the roadway. 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 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, saving an estimated $6 to $14 in taxpayer expenditures for every dollar invested in extending the life of a roadway.

INDOT reminds 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.

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