Problem will remain until work is done and dusted
A SUBURBAN Yamanto street resembles a dust bowl after a road stripped bare of bitumen during works to install kerbing and channelling.
Work began on the $2.5 million project three weeks ago, which will end a decade long drainage issue on Jacaranda St.
But as the work progresses, street cleaners, trucks and cars have kicked up dust which settles on the home of Paul Exell.
He said water trucks which prevent dust from escaping have been used only twice a day, not often enough to keep the dirt wet.
An Ipswich City Council spokesperson said water trucks had been used on the site regularly, generally twice per day and as required at a higher frequency.
The dust problem has forced Mr Exell to shut up his home.
"I've got to keep everything shut. It blows in and the cars been sitting there and it just gathers dust. We've got to keep all the windows shut," he said.
"At night time we like to open up the house in this warm weather.
"When it (the water truck) comes through there is an immediate result, there is no dust what so ever.
Councillor David Pahlke said the project was the biggest single expenditure in his 20 years as a councillor.
A council spokesperson said the steps council had taken to further assist this resident include targeted removal of dirt and gravel in the relevant location, an increased watering regime and also ensuring that loose gravel is swept up via a vacuum truck at close of each work day.
"Council is aware of the impact of dust from this project and has been actively managing dust generated by this project," the spokesperson said.
"This project is designed to address drainage issues in the area that will improve and direct water flows to where it needs to be."