E & B Paving plans to begin work in May on a $1.6 million project to repair and resurface more than nine miles of pavement on Ind. 38 between Ind. 32 in Noblesville and I-69 in Pendleton.

The project will include repairing aged sections of pavement on the stretch before applying a 3/4-inch ultrathin bonded wearing course between Ind. 13 and Ind. 32 and paving an inch-and-a-half asphalt overlay between I-69 and Ind. 13.

Construction zone signs will be installed before the end of April. Crews are scheduled to begin pavement patching on or after May 1. Weather permitting, the ultrathin bonded wearing course will be applied between Ind. 13 and Ind. 32 by June, and resurfacing between I-69 and Ind. 13 will follow. The project is expected to be complete before the end of July.

Ind. 38 will remain open through the project. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic around work zones.

Ultra-thin bonded wearing courses consist of applying a coat of polymer-modified liquid asphalt, which provides flexibility, immediately followed by paving a thin layer of hot mix asphalt, which provides strength.

The surface treatment is intended to preserve and extend the life of highways by an average of about 9 years, depending on traffic volumes.

The one-pass application is a fast-moving operation that allows traffic to drive on the surface treatment within minutes and causes minimal traffic delays.

Surface treatments such as asphalt overlays are intended to protect, preserve, and extend the life of the pavement below. Benefits of pavement preservation include improved safety, smoother ride, fewer construction delays, better appearance, greater value and lower taxpayer cost.

INDOT works hard to keep the pavement of our highways lasting for many years. A lane mile of highway can cost more than $12 million to build, which is a huge investment. Just as you protect an asset like a vehicle or home with routine maintenance, INDOT protects its investments with pavement preservation.

For the past several years, INDOT has been expanding its preservation programs to keep pavement and bridges in good condition for as long as possible, targeting bridges and roadway sections with the right treatments at the right times. Pavement preservation projects may include crack sealing, chip sealing, pothole repair and resurfacing.

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