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Asphalt shortage delays some road reinstatement jobs

Published:Friday | July 27, 2018 | 11:10 PM

The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that the reinstatement of road surfaces disturbed by essential work on its Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction Programme in Kingston and St. Andrew, and other projects islandwide, is being slowed by a current shortage of asphalt.

More than 3,400-square-mile of road reinstatement has already been done by the National Works Agency (NWA) on behalf of the National Water Commission in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine alone at a cost of approximately $10 million.

In a release, the NWC explained that while reinstatement of its road cuts have been contracted out to NWA under a co-operative agreement between the two entities, the agency has been encountering difficulties in accessing sufficient quantities of asphalt to reinstate all the areas after work had been done by NWC.

"As such, the preparation of additional areas for reinstatement has had to be scaled down to regulate the number of locations that are opened up and which cannot be attended to immediately," the press release stated.