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    Feb 03, 2016

    Third oil spill on roads in 5 days

    ANOTHER oil spill has occurred on roads here, the third since Friday.

    The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told The Straits Times yesterday that it was alerted at 2.15pm to a spillage in Kampong Bahru near the Sikh Temple.

    The middle lane of the major arterial road remained closed as the SCDF officers tried to clear the spill with water jets and solvents.

    But they were not successful and the National Environment Agency was roped in.

    NEA officers arrived at 4.30pm and they too had limited success removing the "sticky substance".

    NEA did not say what the substance was.

    Eventually, the Land Transport Authority had to resurface two lanes of the road.

    The police said the road was still not fully opened at 8pm.

    An LTA spokesman said: "LTA will reopen the affected lanes when resurfacing works are completed."

    The Straits Times understands the vehicle that caused the latest spill had left the scene.

    On Monday, an oil spill on the Pan Island Expressway towards Changi after the Jurong Town Hall Road exit resulted in two lanes being closed to traffic for about four hours in the afternoon.

    Last Friday, an oil spill on the Bukit Timah Expressway in the morning caused a massive traffic jam that affected both public and private transport users for several hours.

    Both earlier incidents were caused by accidents involving oil carriers and required tarmac on the affected stretches to be resurfaced.