The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a seal coating operation for U.S. 6 between State Road 931 and State Road 23 beginning on or after Tuesday, July 5. 

This work should take approximately three days, but the schedule is weather dependent and subject to change. The official detour will follow U.S. 31, State Road 4 and State Road 23.  

INDOT urges drivers to stay alert near crews and follow traffic directions carefully. Motorists should slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

About Seal Coating:

When seal coating, work is most often completed under road closures to prevent damage to both vehicles and the roadway. If driving through a seal coating work zone, drivers should take extra caution, drive slowly and allow additional space between vehicles to prevent stone chips from damaging windshields or paint.

During these operations, the existing pavement is coated with liquid asphalt, which seals cracks and provides waterproof protection. Aggregate is applied over the seal coat. Once the seal coat has cured, crews will sweep the highway clear of loose stone, apply a fog seal surface coat and paint pavement markings.

This treatment is designed to extend the life of the pavement below by 3-5 years and lower maintenance costs. Seal coating is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique that is utilized across the state of Indiana, saving an estimated $6-$14 in taxpayer expenditures for every $1 invested in extending the life of a roadway.