You may have heard of the CAFEH study, CAFEH being an acronym for Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health.
They five-year study, run by , is looking at air quality along Interstate 93 in Somerville, Malden, Chinatown and Dorchester.
Tufts Now, one of the university's publications, has a lengthy story describing the study.
It offers some interesting information for Somerville residents on the topic of air quality in the city.
It introduces many of the scientists and community members involved in the study, and it talks about the "ultrafine" particles, resulting from condensed exhaust gases, that exist close to highways and lead to heart disease.
The article takes a look at some of Somerville's efforts to deal with having I-93 run down the middle of it, including an exploration of using window filtration units, installed in homes in the Mystic River housing development, to reduce the effects of living near the highway.
It's worth a read, and you can find the article here.