SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - A project to chip/seal route 252 between I-65 and Flat Rock is on hold for a week after drivers complained of stones and tar-like emulsion kicking up on their paint jobs and getting stuck in their tires.
INDOT was out with broom trucks for hours Thursday sweeping away as much loose rock as they could, from the surface of the 12-mile stretch of road they are trying to repair.
Engineers and materials experts spent hours there in Shelby County trying to figure out why the road was "tracking" or not staying put once the asphalt was sprayed.
They decided the reason the project wasn't working was manifold. First they say the suppliers told INDOT their standard application rate was higher industry standards, therefore more difficult to achieve.
Also they said the speed, weight and tire tread of the trucks moving through the area was too much for the chip/seal to handle.
Because of the amount of truck traffic on that road – because of the quarry – INDOT has suspended the project until next Saturday, July 27. They will be out after 12 p.m. and will work through Sunday to complete the work.
UPDATE 10 P.M.: Indy Snow Force says there were 90 drivers out salting the roads.
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