Findorff construction site next to Kohl Center, 6/3/11.
The American Lung Association said the Madison area is one of the worst places in the country for particle pollution in the air, according to a new study.
Construction sites are a major source of dust in the air. When vehicles leave construction sites, they lay a track of mud that lasts for miles. The mud turns to road dust--soon becoming air pollution.
Defense against dust--gravel pads
Some contractors like Speedway Sand and Gravel (at Edgewood Av in 2010) began work before the pads were installed. Another example was 2010 construction on the Hillcrest-Upland Greenway.
This spring, the percent of construction sites with adequate pads has increased, thanks to better inspection by the City. Nevertheless, I've found deficient pads at Findorff Construction sites in Monona and Madison.
Water tight trucks