The Mines and Geology Division of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining has made an about turn on the subject of road safety and aggregate use.

The division issued a release last evening linking road accidents to what it called unsuitable materials used to construct roads.

But it’s pulling back from that position.

In its release last evening, the Mines and Geology Division of Phillip Paulwell’s Mining Ministry, said there’s been ‘an escalation in accidents and road fatalities’.

It said these were due to the use of unsuitable materials on the wearing surfaces of many major roads.

It said this is evident along the roadway from Rio Bueno in Trelawny to Lilliput in St. James, Priory in St. Ann and Port Maria to Annotto Bay in St. Mary.

The statement said these roadways will have to be resurfaced using skid resistant aggregates.

But the Mines and Geology Division is now withdrawing the statement.

Commissioner of the Division, Clinton Thompson, says they have no evidence to suggest that the road surface has resulted in accidents.

Mr. Thompson is suggesting that the statement wasn’t properly vetted before it was sent out. And that internal actions will be taken.

Experts have told Nationwide News that limestone aggregates used in the construction of the Braco Main Road should not be used.

This, because limestone polishes over time — causing the road surface to become less skid resistant. It therefore becomes more dangerous for motorists especially when the road surface becomes wet.

Civil Engineer and President of the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica, Carvel Stewart, this week spoke of complaints he’s received about the Braco main road.

Mr. Stewart’s concerns about the use of limestone aggregate were supported by UWI Physics Lecturer, Dr. Victor Douse.

Dr. Victor Douse, Physics Lecturer.