TERRE HAUTE —
Tire amnesty event June 2
Tires are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus.
Vigo County residents can discard old tires (with or without rims) during tire amnesty day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at the Vigo County Fairgrounds, U.S. 41, south of Honey Creek Mall.
Proof of residency is required, and no businesses are allowed to participate. A drive-up system will be used so residents must remain in their vehicles.
No more than 10 tires are allowed per vehicle/residence without pre-authorization, which must occur when dropping off semi tires. Without pre-authorization on semi tires, there will be a charge.
Call the Vigo County Health Department at (812) 462-3289 to be pre-authorized to bring large tires or more than 10 tires. Pre-authorization must be received by 3 p.m. May 24.
Chip-seal starts today
A chip-seal project on Indiana 246 is scheduled to begin today. The area to be serviced is between U.S. 41 and the junction of Indiana 246 and Indiana 159.
Traffic will be controlled by arrow boards and flagmen in the area, according to an Indiana Department of Transportation news release.
The project is scheduled to last through May 24, subject to weather, INDOT said.
The chip-seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering that with crushed stone to provide a new surface.
Drivers should exercise caution during these projects, INDOT said, because 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.
INDOT recommends that drivers on a recently chip-sealed road slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
A fog seal is being applied on top of the chip-seal work. The fog seal is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust problems. It also makes the road black, which makes pavement markings more visible, INDOT said.