Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance personnel have been scheduled to chip seal the 6-mile section of State Road 135 from U.S. 50 to just north of Freetown – weather permitting – Monday, June 29.
Operations will proceed north from S.R. 135’s intersection with U.S. 50 on Monday morning. In the afternoon, southbound S.R. 135 lane will be chip sealed, beginning 0.2 miles north of Freetown.
INDOT officials advise motorists to drive very slowly and with extreme caution on highways that have been freshly chip sealed to avoid vehicular damage from asphalt spray or loose aggregate. Motorcyclists should consider delaying or rerouting leisure rides on S.R. 135 in Jackson County early next week, INDOT says.
Once the chip seal has cured, INDOT crews will return to S.R. 135 to apply a fog seal.
Chip seal applications coat the highway with liquid asphalt, sealing pavement cracks and protecting the roadbed from ultraviolet rays. Small chips of limestone are used to cover the asphalt, choking it from spraying vehicles or sticking to tires. The aggregate chips also restore surface friction for improved skid resistance and driver safety.
Fog seals are fine coatings of liquid asphalt sprayed over the chip-sealed surface. The fog seal dampens dust from limestone fines, assists in aggregate retention and adds another waterproof layer of asphalt sealer to further protect the highway.