Motorists who take State Road 23 through Walkerton will need to find a new route for the next few days. INDOT is closing the road between U.S. 30 and U.S. 6 to perform chip and fog sealing. The process preserves the road surface. INDOT officials stress the work is dependent on dry weather and may be delayed if conditions are not ideal. Southbound motorists can take U.S. 6 south to U.S. 35 and east to U.S. 30 to get around the closure. Northbound motorists can use the opposite route.
INDOT officials say chip sealing extends the life of roadways by protecting the pavement from moisture, ultra-violet degradation and any other damaging exposures. The fog seal locks in loose stone and helps cut down on dust problems. Loose stone will be present on the roadway during the chip sealing process. Motorists are urged to slow down and allow extra space between vehicles once the road reopens to traffic.