Preservation of chip seals begins next week on SR 356 in Jefferson and Scott counties

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The road will be closed for the duration of this project

JEFFERSON/SCOTT COUNTY, Indiana— Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to begin chip sealing operations next week on SR 356 in Jefferson and Scott counties. Work will begin Wednesday, June 1 between SR 62 and the east junction of SR 203 in Lexington. National Road 356 will close daily from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the works.

Chip sealing jobs typically take three to four days per location, depending on weather conditions. During operations, the existing pavement is covered with liquid asphalt, which seals cracks and provides waterproof protection. This prolongs pavement life and reduces maintenance costs. After the seal coat is complete, loose aggregate is applied and swept from the road. After a hardening period, crews will return to fog the new riding surface and apply lane markings.

Chip seal is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique that is used statewide in Indiana, saving approximately $6 to $14 in taxpayer expense for every dollar invested in extending the life of life of a pavement.

INDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions and consider worker safety when traveling through busy work areas. All work is weather dependent and times are subject to change.

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