Press release from the Indiana Department of Transportation
(Brookville, Ind.) - Indiana Department of Transportation Aurora Subdistrict maintenance crews have been scheduled to chip seal State Road 252—from Main Street in Brookville to the Indiana/Ohio state line—beginning Tuesday (MAY 21), weather permitting. Flaggers will direct traffic around moving worksites.
The schedule calls for three days of chip sealing—and two days of fog sealing—to complete this pavement preservation project along 21.5 lane miles of east-west highway in Franklin County.
Chip seal operations require liquid asphalt to be sprayed on the roadway—to be topped with small chips of limestone aggregate. The process extends service life by sealing the pavement against moisture and ultraviolet rays. It also improves safety for the motoring public by restoring surface friction which improves skid resistance.
Chip seals are extremely cost-effective. Studies show that every $1 spent on chip seal applications saves $10 in road repairs.
The follow-up fog seal will further seal S.R. 252 from moisture intrusion. At the same time, the fog seal secures any loose aggregate and dampens dust from fines.
INDOT strongly advises motorists to drive with extra care between Brookville and the state line during next week’s chip seal and fog seal operations. Slow down. Help keep tires from spraying newly applied liquid asphalt—and kicking up loose stones that might damage vehicles.