Fountain Heights neighborhood says interstate construction causing health problems

Updated: Mar. 20, 2017 at 6:18 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The massive bridge project at the I-20/59 and I-65 junction has prompted some neighbors to complain of increased respiratory problems.

"A lot of our residents who had illness before, it's not doing them any good for dust to form and make them sicker," Fountain Heights Neighborhood Association President Andre Brown said.

Brown said one neighbor rarely left her house because of an increase in dust from the project.

"We need something to alleviate this problem," Brown said.

The Alabama Department of Transportation has moved a large amount of dirt as part of the bridge project.

A spokesman said ALDOT has been diligent with the contractor to spread mulch, place tarps on trucks, operate street sweepers and water trucks as often as possible to address issues with dust. The spokesman said the amount of dirt currently being moved should decline over the coming months as the project continues.

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