INDOT Awards $1.6M Paving Contract for State Road 38 Between Noblesville and Pendleton
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded a $1.6 million construction contract to E & B Paving to repair and resurface more than nine miles of pavement on State Road 38 between State Road 32 in Noblesville and I-69 in Pendleton.
The project will include repairing aged sections of pavement on the stretch before paving an inch-and-a-half asphalt overlay between I-69 and State Road 13 and applying a 3/4-inch ultrathin bonded wearing course between State Road 13 and State Road 32.
State Road 38 will remain open through the project. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic around work zones.
Construction is anticipated to begin this spring. A specific start date will be announced after a schedule is submitted by contractors. The project is expected to be complete this summer.
Ultra-thin bonded wearing courses and pavement preservation
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.