"This is just a resurfacing project," INDOT Media Relations Director for the Crawfordsville District Debbie Calder told The Brazil Times.
Calder added a portion of the road will be milled and will then be resurfaced with asphalt.
Calder said the upcoming project is separate from the one that went through Clay City. The previous project was part of the Major Moves contract and called for restructuring the entire roadway of State Road 59 through the town.
She said this particular project is part of INDOT's pavement preservation program.
"Pavement preservation is a program employing a network level, long-term strategy that enhances pavement performance by using an integrated, cost-effective set of practices that extend pavement life, improve safety and meet motorist expectations," Calder said.
She said the project will use a technique called "Ultrathin bonded wearing course," which essentially is a gap-graded, ultra thin, hot mix asphalt mixture applied over a thick polymer-modified asphalt emulsion membrane. She said the emulsion membrane seals the existing surface and produces high binder content at the interface of the existing roadway surface.
"Ultrathin bonded wearing course requires special equipment and is always placed by a contractor," Calder said. "It is very similar to a traditional hot mix asphalt overlay, in that it is placed with a paver and compacted with a roller. It is always placed in a single lift.
"Since it is placed thin, it can be constructed faster than a traditional hot mix -- at nearly 2 miles per hour. It can be reopened to traffic in less than one hour."
Construction crews will begin Monday, May 14, and continue through the end of June.
Wabash Valley Asphalt, Inc., Terre Haute, was awarded the $691,274 resurfacing contract.
The work schedule is subject to change in the event of inclement weather.
INDOT also issued a reminder to motorists to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through the construction zone.
For more information about INDOT, log on to www.in.gov/indot.