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[INDOT - Northeast] Pavement Preservation Projects Scheduled for the Week of September 9
Start Date: 9/9/2013Start Time: 6:00 AM
End Date: 9/12/2013End Time: 5:00 PM
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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces pavement preservation projects are scheduled for Elkhart County beginning this week. Chip seal operations have begun on SR 4 from SR 15 to SR 13. Later this week, weather permitting, chip seal operations will take place SR 119, between SR 19 and SR 15.

During these operations, traffic will be reduced to one lane, controlled by flaggers, as INDOT forces perform the chip seal operation to maintain the road surface. Crews will be present during daytime hours, and a reduced speed limit of 45 mph will be in effect. Please note: this project is dependent on dry weather, and may be delayed if conditions aren’t adequate.

The chip seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new wearing surface. Once the asphalt has cured, any excess chips left on the roadway are swept from the surface.

Some drivers have expressed frustration with the chip seal process, and INDOT is looking to help explain the many benefits with a new video. Check out “A Cup of Coffee with the Chip Seal Skeptic” on the INDOT YouTube page at: http://youtu.be/ZfwaAUpk6fo.

Chip sealing extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultraviolet degradation and any other damaging exposures. In addition to sealing the pavement, chip seal applications reestablish surface friction – improving safety for the motoring public. Of the pavement preservation methods employed by the state, chip sealing is perhaps the most cost effective. Studies show that every $1 invested in chip seal operations saves $6 to $14 in future roadway costs.

Drivers should exercise caution in this area during the project. Loose stone will be present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt, and can damage windshields and paint on vehicles that may be following each other too closely. It is recommended, when traveling on a recently chip sealed road, that drivers slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.

INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest news and information about INDOT, visit www.in.gov/indot. You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov. Contact the Fort Wayne District toll free at 866-227-3555.
Location Information:
Elkhart County
Contact Information:
Name: Mary Foster
Phone: 260-969-8219
Email: mafoster@indot.in.gov
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