State Roads 64 &161 in Dubois County to Close for Chip Seal Work

DUBOIS COUNTY (Local Sources) – The Indiana Department of Transportation will close sections of State Roads 64 and 161 in successive weeks, depending upon weather and other uncertainties, to preserve and protect the pavement in and near Dubois County.

State Road 64

INDOT maintenance crews will begin chip-sealing operations on just over 10 miles of State Road 64 in Dubois County beginning Monday, May 18.

The work will shut down both lanes of the road between Huntingburg and Birdseye for about one week. The official state detour for heavy highway traffic uses the U.S. 231, Interstate 64, and S.R. 145:

  • From Huntingburg: take U.S. 231 south to I-64 east then to S.R. 145 north
  • From Birdseye: take S.R. 145 south to I-64 west then to 231 north.

State Road 161

Weather permitting, INDOT maintenance crews will shut down both lanes of S.R. 161 between SR 68 and the town of Holland beginning Monday, May 26. This project should take about two work days to complete.

The official state detour for heavy highway traffic uses S.R. 64, U.S. 231 and S.R. 68.

Open to local traffic

Loose stone will be on the highway temporarily during the initial cure of the asphalt. The highway will be open for local traffic only, and local drivers are urged to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles to prevent stone chips from damaging windshields or paint on auto bodies.

Once the chip seal has cured, crews will sweep the highway to clear away loose stone and apply pavement markings. Work is expected to take a few days to a week to complete.

About chip-seal 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 to see the benefits, and how they save taxpayer dollars: http://youtu.be/ZfwaAUpk6fo

INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews. For construction updates and traffic alerts, follow INDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and Twitter at www.twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest, or access INDOT’s TrafficWise website at http://indot.carsprogram.org.

 

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