November 14, 2016 1:54 pm
Updated: November 14, 2016 2:11 pm

Saint-Henri residents complain of constant cleaning and coughing due to Turcot Interchange

WATCH ABOVE: Residents living near the Turcot Interchange construction site in Saint-Henri are concerned with the high levels of dirt and dust they say is being caused by the work nearby. As Kelly Greig reports, some residents have reported feeling ill.

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At Cassandra Wallace’s apartment on Cazalais Street in Montreal’s Saint-Henri borough, it’s a constant battle against dust.

READ MORE: Is construction on the Turcot Interchange making Saint-Henri residents sick?

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She lives directly across from the Turcot Interchange construction site and doesn’t bother washing the windows because they are always getting covered in dirt.

Grime cakes her car, windowsills and anything left outside.

READ MORE: Turcot Interchange down to one lane until 2018

Fresh air, Wallace said, is a luxury.

“We haven’t opened the windows in about a year because the dust is unbearable,” she said, adding that she’s thinking of moving away.

Jess Segura moved to the neighbourhood at the end of the summer.

In just a few months, she’s noticed a big difference.

READ MORE: West Island commuters avoiding Turcot Interchange turn to public transit, risk overcrowding trains

“I’ll wake up in the morning, go outside and I’ll see dust on all the cars,” she said.

“If there’s a bus driving by, I’ll just get this gust of dust basically hitting me in the face.”

READ MORE: ‘It has a huge impact’: Residents living near the Turcot interchange prepare for the future

Both Segura and Wallace said they’ve developed coughs and breathing issues.

Many residents had hoped the dust would settle after the summer – but it hasn’t.

READ MORE: Residents argue Turcot traffic spilling into Montreal West, clogging small streets

“Now that people are back to their fall routines, there’s intense traffic through the neighbourhood,” said Derek Robertson from the Good Neighbours Committee.

Residents expect things will only get worse when the Ville-Marie Expressway closes later this month.

READ MORE: More lane closures coming to Turcot interchange

Robertson explained the detoured traffic coming off Angrignon and heading through Saint-Henri will add to the dirt and noise.

“People leaving from the West Island are still coming through this way and it’s going to create a lot of difficulty for us going forward,” he said.

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