Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance personnel from Madison Subdistrict units plan to chip seal 23 lane miles of State Road 56 between Brooksburg and Vevay early next week. This surface treatment operation is tentatively scheduled for Monday and Tuesday (JUNE 27 & 28)—weather permitting. It will extend from Shirk Hollow Road to S.R. 129.
A fog seal will be placed on S.R. 56 after the July 4th holiday.
During these pavement preservation applications, flaggers will be onsite to direct motorists around crews and equipment. Officials advise motorists to drive very slowly and with extreme caution on highways that have been freshly chip sealed to avoid vehicular damage from loose aggregate or asphalt spray. Drivers should also slow down where fog seal has recently been applied.
The preventative maintenance measures seal pavements from moisture intrusion and harmful ultraviolet ray degradation. Chip seals also reestablish an acceptable coefficient of friction for improved maneuverability and stopping.
Chip seals/fog seals are extremely cost-effective. Experience shows that every $1 spent on these surface treatments saves $6 to $14 down the road.