Viewer says St. Charles construction project is kicking up dangerous dust

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by Ray Preston / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 4:20 PM

(KMOV.com) – A viewer told News 4 he is concerned that dust from construction on a garage in St. Charles is hazardous to people’s breathing.

Crews are currently several months into a project to renovate the parking garage at St. Charles City Hall. Retired construction worker David Jones said the concrete dust from project is making it hard to breathe.

“I've been kind of coughing and hacking because of it and had some congestion,” Jones said.  “It’s in our lungs, in our lungs and this stuff is terrible."

Jones said the dust is also making its way to nearby businesses. Jones said he found dust at a nightclub Wednesday.

St. Charles County Assistant Director of Public Works John Zimmerman told News 4 the city has not heard any other complaints about the dust. Zimmerman said the contactor who is carrying out the project is taking precautions.

“There has been plastic sheeting, blowers set up. When he's kicking up a lot of dust, he's trying to blow that back into center of garage itself, but it gets swept up and put back into a container and dumpster every evening where it's disposed of," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman told News 4 the city has not been monitoring the air around the garage, but did say the city may test the air in the future.

The construction on the garage is slated to be completed in August. Zimmerman said the phase of the project where crews kick up dust is set to end in July.

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