Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to chip seal State Road 256 next Monday (MAY 14)—weather permitting—between C.R. 250 in western Scott County and S.R. 39 in northeast Washington County.  Surface treatment operations will begin just west of Austin. 

This 7-mile section of S.R. 256 will close to traffic during the one-to-two days of chip seal activities.  INDOT officials advise motorists to detour around the closure via I-65, S.R. 56 and S.R. 39.  Residential traffic will be escorted though the work zone by pilot vehicles.   

Chip seal applications coat the roadway with liquid asphalt to seal cracks and protect the pavement from harmful ultraviolet rays—extending service life, lowering lower maintenance costs and helping to prevent late-winter/early-spring potholes.  Small limestone chips cover the asphalt—providing adequate surface friction for driver safety.    

A fog seal of liquid asphalt spray will be applied at a later date.