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Dust on High Street intersection potentially irritating businesses, pedestrians

A tip to the Moose Jaw Express prompted questions about the dusty situation at the Main Street and High Street intersection
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The intersection at Main Street and High Street during the afternoon of July 30.

Some residents and local businesses have noticed an increased dust problem at the intersection of Main Street and High Street, as the ongoing construction has left gravel covering the intersection while work continues. 

The intersection at Main Street and High Street opened to traffic on July 11 after undergoing work as part of the City of Moose Jaw’s water main replacement project, which is currently focusing on the 0 to 200 blocks of High Street West. 

But following the construction, gravel has been left across the intersection and the recent spell of high heat and dry weather means a large amount of dust is being kicked up by vehicles and irritating pedestrians, nearby businesses, and residents waiting at the city transit bus stops.

Businesses located on the four corners of the intersection are noticing the increased dust in the air the most, including Evolve Coffee who have had customers comment on the conditions outside the storefront.

Any kind of wind makes the situation worse, said one business, and even recent rain hasn’t solved the issue for very long.

The dust doesn’t seem to be drifting very far down the block, however, as businesses on River Street like Brown’s Socialhouse haven’t noticed any more dust than is usual for this time of year.

Following an anonymous tip, the Moose Jaw Express reached out to City Hall for comment about whether they have any plans in place to remedy the dusty intersection. 

“Our contractor is performing regular maintenance at the intersection, and we acknowledge that prolonged heat and high wind can cause some dust disturbance. Crews are working hard to complete the High St. corridor and anticipate paving the intersection in the next couple of weeks, weather permitting,” said communications manager Craig Hemingway, on behalf of the city in an email.