After three additional walkthroughs of the neighbourhood, common patterns are becoming fairly evident.
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Wednesday July 5th
Tuesday July 11th
Wednesday July 12th
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Wednesday July 19th
Averaged Map: (Combination of all data from myself, other volunteers, and previous INHALE data)
Common problem areas:
- Nikola Tesla Blvd. – Heavy industrial vehicles lay down debris and tear apart the asphalt of the roads. Traffic emissions from the elevated roadway can get trapped down below. The whole street can act as a wind-tunnel, with clouds of dust whipped into the air. Drag-out from the north and from Ottawa St. is also a problem.
- Ottawa St. – Extensive drag-out from industries to the west and Dofasco can be seen layering the road in a coat of beige dust. This is then picked up and moved around by passing vehicle traffic, including cars, 18-wheelers, and trains. The areas around the doors of Dofasco also yield higher readings.
- Beach Rd. – Areas around and downwind from the doors of Dofasco and the truck/train entrances/exits can be significantly worse than just a block or two away on McAnulty Boulevard. Drag-out is once again a problem with the movement of heavy vehicles along the road. This is one of the most troubling areas since residential homes are in many cases mere metres away from the street.
Where do we go from here?
- We believe that all of these problem areas can be mitigated somewhat by more frequent street sweeping by the city, but even better would be prevention of drag-out by the industrial sources themselves.
- Trees and shrubbery can be planted to provide a barrier between the industry and the surrounding neighbourhoods and roads, as well as improving aesthetics.
- Fencing/netting can be introduced to prevent wind-induced dust-outs.