Chip-and-seal project on tap for State Road 75

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW MAYSVILLE -- The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has announced that maintenance crews will begin a pavement preservation project on State Road 75 in Hendricks County on or after Wednesday, Sept. 24, weather permitting.

SR 75 is scheduled to be chip-and-sealed from U.S. 36 to State Road 236.

Work on the roadway is scheduled to last through Thursday, Sept. 25. The work schedule is subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

Traffic will be controlled by arrow boards and flagmen in the area they will be working.

The chip-and-seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new wearing surface.

Chip-sealing extends the life of a roadway, INDOT officials note, by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation and any other exposures that could damage a roadway.

Crews then sweep off the excess stone and follow up with a fog sealing process. The fog seal, applied on top of the chip-seal work, is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust control.

Drivers should exercise extreme caution during the construction of these projects. Loose stone will be present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt and can damage windshields and paint on vehicles following each other too closely.

INDOT recommends to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles when traveling on a recently chip-sealed road.

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