The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces State Road 23 (S.R. 23) will be closed for a chip-seal operation during the daylight hours on Tuesday, August 31. Work is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. between State Road 8 (S.R. 8) and State Road 10 (S.R. 10). The schedule is subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

During the work, traffic will be directed on a 16-mile marked detour. Southbound traffic will be detoured east on S.R. 8, south on State Road 17 (S.R. 17) and west on S.R. 10. Northbound traffic will be directed east on S.R. 10, north on S.R. 17 and west on S.R. 8.

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 exposures that could damage a roadway.

Drivers should exercise 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, please visit www.in.gov/indot.