The traffic is bad in Houston. That’s clear to anyone who drives in this congested metropolis. What isn’t known is how all those idling cars and trucks affect the health of those living near the freeways.
Starting in January, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will begin measuring air pollution levels along a busy stretch of U.S. 59 in southwest Houston. The federal government required the monitors, which will provide the state with its first data on the public health risks within about 160 feet of a major roadway.