Call to use stiffer asphalt
GOVERNMENT MUST review its road paving regulations and maintenance programme in order to climb out of the pothole rut.
That call is coming from the managing director of Asphalt Processors Inc., Errol Lynch, following increased concerns over the island’s deteriorating road infrastructure, which was said to have worsened after heavy rains last November.
In recent weeks suggestions have been made to use rubberised asphalt or concrete to pave roads as a solution to the pothole crisis.
However, Lynch believes the issue with Barbados’ roads is the restrictions concerning how asphalt is made. He said that, based on Government specifications, the material could only be made within a certain degree of hardness. He said the specification required by Government is 60-70 penetration. He said the lower the penetration number, the stiffer the asphalt. (LT)
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