Residents of the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie are complaining about what they say are high levels of dust in their neighbourhood recently. A borough resident call service agent says that this could be due to high truck traffic in the area. There are also several nearby construction sites.
I love living on boulevard St-Laurent. The Main is a hub of cultural activity in the city. However, over the past few weeks, I have noticed my street become unusually dirty.
After cleaning my glass coffee table for the 3rd time in a single day, I began to get frustrated with the amount of dust that blows into my apartment.
I started to ask around my apartment building to see if I was the only person with a dust problem, and to my disbelief, everyone in the building has been dealing with the same thing, especially those facing the street.
I called the borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie and a resident service agent confirmed that there had in fact been complaints about the dust, which allowed me to regain a little bit of my sanity.
We also contacted Ville de Montréal media representatives but did not immediately receive a response.
The dust circulating in the area could be due to the numerous construction projects going on throughout the area.
Rue Clark is blocked off for maintenance and dust from the project has affected those living on the surrounding streets. Another project at the corner of St-Laurent and Beaubien just wrapped up and work continues on rue St-Denis.
Passing trucks carry and spread dust in the area. Right now there is no indication as to when truck traffic will quiet.
Acquaintances in N.D.G, Ahuntsic and even as far as Laval all expressed that they, in fact, had also noticed high levels of dust.
One Facebook friend stated that she has lived "in a construction zone for the last 3 months" and continued to say "it is not pleasant."
Another friend advised me to "move to New Mexico" and although I appreciate the offer, I think I will stay put, even with the dust.
This isn't the first time Montreal residents have complained about dust apparently due to construction projects. At the height of the Turcot Interchange project, St-Henri residents were concerned about the potential adverse health effects of dust blowing from the site.
The Rosemont La Petite Patrie resident call service agent advised that I “keep windows closed as much as [I] can."
Have you noticed more dust in your home? Send us a line! We would love to know what’s going on in your part of town!