INDOT removes unsuccessful chip seal on SR 252

State Road 252 in Shelby County in July 2013. (WISH Photo)

FLAT ROCK, Ind. (WISH) — A roughly $100,000 chip seal project that left cars marked by tar and rocks has been removed from an Indiana highway.

Indiana Department of Transportation crews did a chip seal on State Road 252 east of Edinburgh in July 2013. At the time, 24-Hour News 8 spoke with residents who had tar and rocks damage their vehicles. INDOT brought out specialized trucks at the time to sweep away the extra debris on State Road 252.

Last week, INDOT maintenance crews went through the same stretch of the state highway to mill the road. Workers removed the chip seal that didn’t end up working well enough, INDOT officials said.

Drivers along State Road 252 will now travel on the road bed, which is a rougher ride than typical pavement. INDOT officials said drivers should be fine driving on the road bed because it’s in good shape. The highway may be resurfaced at a later date.

Chip seal projects cost between $16,000 and $18,000 per mile, according to INDOT. The State Road 252 project was just more than 6 miles long, meaning its cost was between $96,000 and $108,000. The subsequent milling project last week was absorbed into INDOT’s annual maintenance budget.

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