About 1,300 tonnes of road base laid by a Lismore company will be ripped up and replaced in Centre Street, Casino, after it was found to be defective.
Clark Asphalt laid the asphalt in October last year but an inspection by Richmond Valley Council engineers found ‘inconsistencies in its quality’.
RVC general manager John Walker said Clark Asphalt would wear the cost of replacing the section of road between Johnson Street and the South Casino roundabout.
‘Once it was laid it was clear that it was deteriorating so samples were taken and it was shown to be bad batch (of asphalt),’ Mr Walker told ABC radio.
Mr Walker said it had taken months to work through legal issues to ensure that the remedial work would not cost ratepayers any money.
The remedial work will involve removing and replacing about 1300 tonnes of asphalt, to ensure the road’s long-term integrity.
Work started on Monday and is expected to take two weeks to complete.
Mr Walker said an asphalting crew would be working to remove the existing surface at night between 6pm and 11pm, with the new overlay being placed between the hours of 9am to 4pm daily.
‘Crews will be working seven days a week to get the job finished before the start of the Australia Day long weekend,’ he said.
‘The process will start at the Johnson Street roundabout end and move through to Hare Street on the southbound lanes, returning via the northbound lanes.’
Mr Walker said detours would be in place for the duration of the project, and motorists should follow directions of traffic controllers.
Regular updates will be posted to the council’s website and Facebook page, as well as the MyRoadInfo site.