Ind. 49 between Division Road and Ind. 8—that is, between Valparaiso and
Kouts—will be closed during the day from Wednesday, June 6, through the
evening of Thursday, June 7, the Indiana Department of Transportation said.
Crews will be conducting a chip- and fog-seal operation.
Southbound traffic will be detoured north on Ind. 49, east on U.S. Highway
30, south on U.S. Highway 421, west on Ind. 8, and then back to Ind. 49.
Northbound traffic will be detoured east on Ind. 8, north on U.S. 421, west
on U.S. 30, and back to Ind. 49.
Chip-sealing consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the
roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new
wearing surface. Chip-sealing extends a roadway’s life by protecting it from
moisture, ultra-violet degradation, and any other damaging exposures.
A fog-seal will then be applied on top of the chip-seal. The fog-seal is a
light application of asphalt material which can lock in loose stone and help
keep down dust. It also blackens the road, which makes pavement markings
Drivers should exercise caution during these projects. Loose stone will be
present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt and can damage
windshields and paint on vehicles following each other too closely. It is
recommended when traveling on a recently chip-sealed road to slow down and
allow additional space between vehicles.