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‘Flying gravel’ is old malady

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 27: According to available documents the phenomenon of ‘flying gravel’ on Kuwait’s road is not new. This has been happening since 2005 according to the Ministry of Public Works, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. The documents said the ministry had not looked into this phenomenon although it had formed committees to study the issue.

Moreover, it had conducted several studies which proved that the bitumen which is used in roads does not meet the criteria and specifications approved in Kuwait. Add to this the six-hour short period which the General Traffic Department has allotted to use the roads after maintenance. The letters and correspondence emphasize the basic asphalt layers are old; in addition, the maintenance is carried out on the superficial layer only.

Moreover, the natural sand which is used in roads construction is not coherent to bitumen; in addition, it absorbs moisture. However, the technical committee has given some proposals which were not taken into consideration among which is the need to coordinate with the Kuwait National Petroleum Company to examine bitumen to ensure its quality and also proper design of the roads.

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