Guam – The Rt. 4 intersection in Sinajana now has all lanes open. But it might not last. DPW Director Andy Leon Guerrero says they may have to repave the road, again.
The intersection in Rt. 4 by the 76 and Mobil gas stations is now completely open. All lanes are clear and traffic is now for the first time in months flowing smoothly. This probably won’t last too long. DPW director Andy Leon Guerrero says they may have to repave everything from the Ada’s funeral home to the intersection where Rt. 4 meets Rt. 10 heading into Mangilao. The reason for this is because apparently Hawaiian Rock didn’t meet federal highway requirements for the top layer of road known as the friction course. “There’s evidence of bleeding and what bleeding refers to is you’ll see a lot of asphalt that is above the layer of the friction course,” explained Leon Guerrero adding that, “We don’t think that the job mix formula met specifications.”
So what is the job mix formula? Well, it’s basically the recipe for the top non-skid layer of road known as the friction course. Before any company can lay this friction course it’s supposed to turn in a job mix formula for DPW and the Federal Highway Administration to approve. Leon Guerrero says that the job mix formula was reviewed and approved but Hawaiian rock may not have followed it. “Maybe what had happened is when they actually mixed the friction course maybe the ingredients that went in weren’t properly….maybe the quantities weren’t properly mixed,” said Leon Guerrero.
So after the final layer of road was paved DPW then noticed that the layer didn’t appear to be following the job mix formula or road recipe that they approved. “That’s why there is so much bleeding going on they may have put in too much asphalt in the job mix formula which created the bleeding,” said Leon Guerrero. The DPW director says they haven’t payed them for this final layer of road or friction course. They want Hawaiian rock to repave it using the formula they approved. PNC asked, “You guys are telling them they need to redo it and you’re withholding payment until they do. What are they saying are they prepared to do it are they gonna try and argue and fight and say no no no this is correct, we did it, pay us?” Leon Guerrero responsded saying, “They certainly are. You know they’re standing behind their product. Some of the discussions we have with them because this has been ongoing would probably be maybe a warranty of some sort or a bonding of some sort.”
DPW might allow Hawaiian rock to leave the road as it is, if they and the Federal Highway Administration can agree on some type of a warranty. A warranty whereby Hawaiian rock guarantees their product for a couple of years. If the road fails during that warranty they will then have to repave it.