Roadwork dust is killing us

March 01, 2019
Construction along Three Miles.
Construction along Three Miles.

I am all for the road construction going on because, in truth, Hagley Park Road, Three Miles and Constant Spring Road all needed a proper makeover.

These main thoroughfares were terrible and contributed to the gridlock experienced each day by motorists travelling to and fro, near and far.

However, there is something terribly wrong with what has been happening. I remember feeling congested one morning and thinking was coming down with something.

I bought medication and some vitamin C and prepared to head off anything that was coming my way.

After weeks of dosing up, I discovered that I was not experiencing the onset of the flu or a cold. I was suffering from the dust emanating from the roadworks.

I began sneezing like crazy and my son developed bronchitis, causing us to spend close to $20,000 on antibiotics and other medication.

My wife, too, began having serious respiratory issues, prompting her to get nasal sprays.

The thing is, I should have known. No matter how many times I washed my car, as soon as I parked overnight in the complex in which I live, the car began to gather dust like it was parked there for a year.

Every morning, when I came out, I would see the car under a heavy film of dust, so much so that when I activated my windshield wipers, the wiper fluid and the dust would create a stream of mud along the sides of my windscreen.

I heard a representative from the National Works Agency mention on radio earlier this week that as part of their protocol, the areas under construction should be wet three times daily.

I have never seen that. Maybe they do it at times when I am not paying attention, but all I see each day and night are plumes of dust rising from the street and the mounds of dirt.

The other night, while driving up Shortwood Road, the dust was like a thick mist. My headlights illuminated scenes that resembled falling volcanic ash after an eruption.

Maybe instead of three times a day, the work areas need to be wet six times a day because people who live and work in these areas where the new roads are under construction are suffering.

It is a needless price to pay for progress.

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