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Seal Coat Projects Planned for State Roads 61, 241, 550 


Projects to preserve & protect highways in Knox Co. from future potholes

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. – Beginning Monday, weather permitting, Indiana Department of Transportation crews will chip seal State Road 61 from the south end of Monroe City to West River Road near Petersburg. Once this work is completed, crews will move to S.R. 241 from the S.R. 61 north junction in Monroe City and to S.R. 550 near Wheatland.

INDOT is seal coating three state highway sections while through traffic is avoiding the areas near the S.R. 61 reconstruction in Monroe City and the S.R. 550 bridge deck overlay near Wheatland. Chip-sealed highways will remain open for traffic that is local or detoured.

Loose stone will be on the highway temporarily during the initial cure of the asphalt. INDOT strongly urges drivers to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles to avoid stone chips from damaging windshields or paint on auto bodies. During this time, traffic is encouraged to use alternate routes such as U.S. 50 and S.R. 57.

Once the seal coat has cured, crews will sweep the highway to clear away loose stone and apply a light application of dark asphalt material to lock in remaining stone and minimize dust.

Later this fall, INDOT will close and seal coat S.R. 550 between U.S. 41 and Bruceville. INDOT will provide schedule updates as available on social media at http://facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and http://twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest.

About Seal Coat Projects

After years of heavy traffic and winter freeze-thaw cycles, small cracks develop in our highways. If left untreated, moisture seeps into these cracks and form potholes when the water freezes and expands. As the name implies, a chip-seal treatment seals off the cracks. The stone chips provide improved traction for stopping, especially during winter. National research has shown that every $1 used to preserve our pavements saves $6 to $14 in future, more disruptive repairs.

Curious about chip seal projects? View this video or visit the website to see the benefits, and how they save taxpayer dollars: http://youtu.be/ZfwaAUpk6fo and http://in.gov/indot/3266.htm.

For construction updates and traffic alerts, access INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service at http://indot.carsprogram.org.