Chip and Seal Operation begins Thursday on US 52 in Boone County

INDOTBOONE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will have lane closures on U.S. 52 beginning on or after Thursday, June 30, weather permitting.  U.S. 52 will be chip and sealed from I-65 to the Boone/Clinton County line.  Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route.

Depending on weather conditions, crews will be on site from 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  Work is expected to last through Friday, July 8.

INDOT crews will be applying a chip-seal treatment to preserve and protect just over nine miles of U.S. 52.  Loose stone will be on the highway temporarily during the initial cure of the asphalt. Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route.  Drivers are urged to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles to prevent stone chips from damaging windshields or paint on auto bodies.

Once the chip seal has cured, crews will sweep the highway to clear away loose stone and apply a light application of dark asphalt material to lock in remaining stone and minimize dust.

About Chip-Seal Projects

After years of heavy traffic and winter freeze-thaw cycles, small cracks develop in our highways. If left untreated, moisture seeps into these cracks and form potholes when the water freezes and expands. As the name implies, a chip-seal treatment seals off the cracks. The stone chips provide improved traction for stopping, especially during winter.

During 2015, INDOT employees used more than 86,000 tons of crushed stone and 17,000 tons of liquid asphalt – a total of $12.7 million in operational resources – to apply the seal-coat to more than 1,200 lane miles of state roads. INDOT estimates that using in-house crews instead of contracting the work saved taxpayers nearly $8 million. National research has shown that every $1 used to preserve our pavements saves $6 to $14 in future, more disruptive repairs.

Curious about chip seal projects? View this video to see the benefits, and how they save taxpayer dollars:  http://youtu.be/ZfwaAUpk6fo.

Stay Informed

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

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