Thursday, August 24, 2006

A Little Dust With That Wine?

Photo: Springfield, Illinois Municipal Garage Resurfacing - Noisy & Dusty Operation

It sounds like a jet aircraft at takeoff, and has the rumble of a freight train. It leaves a fine coating of cement dust on your lips from a block away. It has been in non-stop operation for several days, and right in the heart of downtown Springfield, Illinois' Hotel, and Convention district.

What is it?

Two bobcat type vehicles equipped with spinning rotor brushes. The brushes not only cause a tremendous amount of noise, but they are also stirring up huge plumes of cement dust.

While all the noise created by this resurfacing project may cause some irritation with those visitors to the nearby Ramada who paid extra just to stay at such a fine accommodation the dust has to be causing problems for Ramada's housekeeping staff.

At the corner of Washington, and Seventh Street I noticed the taste of cement on my lips. A fine film of cement dust filled the air. I couldn't see it, but I could taste it.

Photo: High Contrast B&W Shows Looming Dust Trail Created By Resurfacing Project

Why are no dust abatement procedures being employed? Spraying dust plumes with water is the standard practice used to eliminate this problem. Do the contractors really believe that no one will notice?

There are two large hotels, and a large office building which overlook the garage, which makes it rather unlikely that people won't notice.

Note: Breathing cement dust is considered hazardous to the health - especially for people who have respiratory problems.

Also: What precautions are being taken by the workers in those bobcats?


Randy said...

How did you get these great shots? It is almost if you are taking them from the air.

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