The Indiana Department of Transportation will begin chip sealing along State Road 121 tomorrow morning (JULY 22)—from S.R. 44 on the south side of Connersville to U.S. Highway 52. Cambridge City Subdistrict maintenance crews hope to complete pavement preservation operations along the 25.44 lane miles of north-south highway by midday Thursday, weather permitting.
Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic around state workers and equipment.
INDOT officials strongly advise motorists to drive with caution and at slow speeds on roads where chip seal has been freshly applied.
Chip seal applications involve spraying liquid asphalt on the roadway, then topping it with small chips of limestone aggregate. This process extends service life of the highway by sealing pavement from moisture intrusion and ultraviolet ray degradation. In addition, chip seals improve safety for the motoring public by restoring a high coefficient of friction for added skid resistance.
A fog seal will be placed atop the S.R. 121 surface at a later date. This liquid asphalt coating further protects the highway from moisture and UV ray damage.