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Miami Co. roads to see maintenance

Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com

Some Miami County roads will be getting a touch-up this summer, according to Miami County Highway Department Highway Engineer Ken Einselen.

An official Indiana Department of Transportation release stated motorists can expect the chip seal procedures to begin late August, but Einselen is hopeful for a sooner start date.

“Crews will start at either the north end or the south end of the county, whichever is ready first,” Einselen said.

Einselen said the county will be using a chip seal method to work on the roads.

According to an INDOT release, chip sealing is not considered repaving, but pavement preservation.

“‘Pavement preservation’ is a general term describing the maintenance operations used to protect and preserve the state’s existing infrastructure,” the release stated.

INDOT also noted chip sealing is considered the most cost effective method of preservation employed.

Einselen said Miami County motorists can expect either a single or double lay of the process, depending on the severity of the condition of the road.

“Single lay consists of oil and number 11 stone,” Einselen said. “Double lay is oil, number nine stone, another layer of oil and then number 11 stone.”

Motorists are urged by Einselen to show common sense and patience during the construction.

He said the oil may take a bit of time to settle, so, even once crews are finished, there will be loose stone for a while.

“We have seen people drive carelessly while it’s wet and leave scars on the road that will be there for years,” Einselen said.

In their release, INDOT gave motorists some tips as to what to expect during the road maintenance.

“Traffic will be reduced to one lane, controlled by flaggers,” the release said. “Crews will be present during daytime hours, and a reduced speed limit of 45 miles per hour will be in effect.”

Einselen said he hopes the Miami County Highway Department will be able to update area motorists on the project on their social media channels.

Both INDOT and Einselen encourage motoritst to drive slowly and safely, as well as to remember the state nor the county will be responsible for any damage a vehicle incurs due to carelessness.