U.S. 35 Bridge Project on Schedule, State Road 39 Closed for Chip and Seal Work


Crews have begun to disassemble the bridge on U.S. 35 just south of the U.S. 30 intersection in Starke County.

INDOT spokesperson Matt Deitchley noted that the project is on schedule with the finishing date in November.

INDOT will also be closing State Road 39 between State Road 8 and U.S. 30 for two days this week. The closure becomes effective today (Monday, July 15) and will run through the end of the day tomorrow. Crews will perform a chip and seal and fog seal operation to preserve the road surface. This project is weather dependent.

Fog seal is applied on top of the chip-seal work. It is a light application that locks in loose stones and helps deter dust.

The chip-seal process involves distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering that with crushed stone to provide a new surface. When the road reopens be mindful that loose stone will be on the roadway during the initial cure of the roadway. If you follow another vehicle too closely, loose stones may fly up and damage windshields. The stones may also damage paint of vehicles. You are urged to slow down until the new surface becomes cured.

During this surface work, you are urged to use the official detour which directs northbound State Road 39 traffic west on State Road 8, north on U.S. 421, east on U.S. 30 and back to State Road 39. Southbound State Road 39 traffic will be rerouted west on U.S. 30, south on U.S. 421, east on State Road 8 and back to State Road 39.