The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of State Road 23, between U.S. 30 and U.S. 6, near Walkerton beginning Tuesday, July 22nd through the end of the day on Wednesday, July 23rd. Crews will perform a chip seal and fog seal operation to preserve the road surface. Please note: this project is dependent on dry weather and may be delayed if conditions aren’t ideal.
Drivers wishing to travel southbound on SR 23 will be detoured west on U.S. 6, south on U.S. 35, east on U.S. 30, and back to SR 23. Drivers wishing to travel northbound on SR 23 will be detoured east on U.S. 30, north on U.S. 35, east on U.S. 6, and back to SR 23.
Chip seal projects prevent potholes. 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. Chip-sealing extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation, and any other damaging exposures. The fog seal is being applied on top of the chip-seal work. The fog seal is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust problems.
Drivers should exercise caution during these projects. 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 to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
Curious about chip seal jobs? Check out this video to see the benefits, and how they save tax payer dollars: http://youtu.be/ZfwaAUpk6fo?list=UUt6AhwS0J7ImMjp3nknCGoQ
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest.