Chip seal projects typically last three to four days, weather permitting.
(Dearborn County, Ind.) - Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to begin chip seal operations this week on S.R. 46 in Dearborn County. Work will start on or after Thursday, July 7, weather permitting. Crews will be active between S.R. 1 and U.S. 52. Motorists should be aware of lane closures and flagging, resulting in delays in the area.
Chip seal work typically lasts three to four days per location depending upon weather and other factors. 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 of Indiana, saving an estimated six to 14 dollars in taxpayer expenditures for every dollar invested in extending the life of a roadway.
INDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, and consider worker safety when traveling through active work zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.