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U.S. 150 preservation project to begin May 19

Motorists urged to drive slowly, use caution

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces maintenance crews will begin a pavement preservation project in Vigo County on U.S. 150 on or after Monday, weather permitting. U.S. 150 will be chip-and-sealed from the state line to the railroad tracks in West Terre Haute.

Traffic will be controlled by arrow boards and flagmen in the working area. Roadway work is scheduled to last through Thursday. The work schedule is subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

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, ultraviolet degradation and any other exposures that could damage a roadway. Crews then sweep off the excess stone and follow up with a fog sealing process. The fog seal is applied on top of the chip-seal work and is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust control.

Drivers should exercise extreme caution during the construction of 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 following each other too closely. It is recommended when travelling on a recently chip-sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.

INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest news and information about INDOT visit www.in.gov/indot. Traffic restriction information can be found at www.trafficwise.IN.gov. Contact the Crawfordsville District toll-free at 1-888-WCINDOT.

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