Work is set to begin next week on a $16 million project on State Road 3 in east central Indiana. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the project will maintain and preserve pavement and drainage structures on more than 12 miles of road between New Castle and Muncie. 

INDOT says crews from Anderson-based E&B Paving Inc. will make partial-depth and full-depth pavement repairs before applying a thin concrete pavement overlay on all four lanes of traffic. The first phase of construction will see the left lanes closed in each direction between the Muncie bypass and the Henry County line. The second phase will see the right lanes closed in each direction in the same area.

The first two phases are expected to be complete this year. The third and fourth phases will take place in 2018 between Henry County Road 300 North and the Delaware County line.

INDOT says using thin concrete pavement overlays creates a stronger road structure, improves friction, reduces noise and improves ride quality. Additionally, the process has a longer life than a traditional asphalt overlay, according to the department.