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Faulty Casino road to be ripped up and replaced

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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.

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  1. what about the stretch along bangalow lismore road near.the old railway bridge…it was tearing up before the sections of the road were even finished and potholes are being filled still on NEW road…I think it might be bad too!

    • Spot on with that one Amanda. I cant believe that they could spend all that time and our money and end up with a surface that was breaking up before the crews had even left. It wont be long before we all suffer the inconvienience of another prolonged attempt to fix up the mess they left. Why is such poor quality work tolerated and who is accountable!!! Are their no checks by someone in authority before work is signed- off on.

  2. No details what the cost to the ratepayers will be for all the legal advice and “negotiation”. We all know how hard it can sometimes be to get a merchant (especially a builder) to honor his guarantee when goods are sub-standard. This is the fix into which ideology has driven local government. Outsourcing its responsibilities it has not only lost control but has damaged local commerce and ultimately its own revenue base.


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