Roads Minister Duncan Gay revealed the hazardous material was discovered near the northern toll plaza during construction work in February. The work was being undertaken by Roads and Maritime Services – but Mr Gay said he only found out on Thursday 10th November.
'Roads and Maritime Services did not anticipate contractors finding asbestos under the road where this work was being carried out.' It was found under concrete road slabs and was probably put there in the 1950s, Mr Gay’s statement said.
He insisted that there was “low potential” for any airborne exposure, following a report by a qualified expert.
“Regardless, precautionary measures have been put in place. Every worker who was onsite is being contacted about the findings and offered health monitoring.”
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