The Eccles/Ramsburg Neighbourhood Democratic Council paid $48,000 for a road building material named CRS2. This is water-based asphalt that binds stone and gravel on the road surface. Instead, the council got drums of water that had been sitting at the bottom of some petroleum container.
The hoax was discovered yesterday when a road building crew attached to the council set about repairing a section of roadway on Lindley Avenue, Republic Park. The workmen had already laid a stone foundation and were about to apply the asphalt sealant when the men found that they were supplied with water instead.
Overseer David Sugrim was unaware. He said that the council buys its asphalt from Guyoil and more recently, it started buying the CRS2 from the same source.
He said that the switch to CRS2 was intended to reduce costs. It meant that the council did not need a piece of machinery to melt the asphalt nor did it have to undertake the risky task of boiling tar at the side of the road.
Yesterday, had the workmen thrown what they thought was CRS2 on the stone foundation and then added more road building material expecting them to bind, they would have waited all their lives.
The men returned to the council and a shocked Sugrim immediately ordered that they return the containers with the product and seek a replacement or a refund of the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent.
This was being done late yesterday. He said that the Neighbourhood Democratic Council was undertaking a massive road rehabilitation programme. He stopped short of suggesting that there might be collusion between the purchaser and the supplier.
He said that it may be a good thing that the NDC is being relieved of road building. Future programmes are to be undertaken by the Ministry of Works.
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