Air quality is poor in the capital area today, particularly along Sæbraut and Miklabraut streets in Reykjavík, RÚV reports. Particulate pollution levels are expected to be high in the coming days, due to the prevalence of studded tires combined with dry weather conditions.
High particulate pollution levels are often measured in Reykjavík at this time of year, when there is often no snow on the ground and drivers have yet to trade in studded tires for summer tires. Particulate pollution can negatively affect individuals with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
To tackle the problem, the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration has decided to dust bind major streets in Reykjavík, as well as Reykjanesbraut. Residents are encouraged to do their part to reduce traffic by carpooling or choosing public transportation over driving when possible.