ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The Colorado Department of Transportation removes two to three homeless encampments per week from CDOT property. Crews say they remove several tons of trash and debris with each encampment.

CDOT Homeless Camp

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CDOT said the encampments can cause safety issues, damage to public structures and unsanitary conditions that create a hazard to the public. Crews cleaned up one of the encampments in Adams County on Tuesday.

CDOT Homeless Camp

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CDOT crews cannot remove trespassers without police support and works with local law enforcement to humanely remove trespassers. CDOT property is located across Colorado.

CDOT Homeless Camp

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CDOT places “No Trespassing” signs on the property seven days before the cleanup. According to CDOT, local law enforcement serves eviction notices in the encampment before crews come in to cleanup. Crews wear protective gear, including hard hats, vests, puncture and cut resistant gloves, and potentially dust masks, to retrieve used syringes, collect human waste, and use dump trucks to remove garbage and biohazardous materials.

CDOT Homeless Camp

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Around $2 million to $3 million of CDOT’s total maintenance budget is spent on the encampment cleanups and removal. Between July 2018 to April 2019, a total of 51 cleanups happened. One cleanup in September 2018 cost nearly $12,000.

CDOT Homeless Camp

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CDOT said the encampments will typically need to be cleaned up again as trespassers move into the areas that have been cleaned up. They clean up the areas to clear walkways of bushes and overgrown vegetation, maintain the structural integrity of bridges and keep them safe from fires and other damage, remove environmental hazards of debris, including needles, human waste, drug paraphernalia and propane tanks, for the safety of the traveling public.

CDOT Homeless Camp

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Comments
  1. Ron Lujan says:

    It is about time!!! I am Hispanic and Native Ute Indian. Born and raised is Colorado and although not always easy, I have worked my entire life since I was 14/16 and on my own since 17 years old. I was poor most of my life, but I kept working and took any job offered. Makes me sick to see these people all over town, ashamed to take friends and family downtown and get asked for handouts or who knows; maybe worst. All these people and groups fighting for their rights, what about my rights? I don’t matter?
    Again what about my right to take friends, family or myself downtown or to the local parks and not be harassed or groups lurking and looking like they might rob me.
    Want to help them, find them a job, there are plenty in Colorado.
    Or find them a place to stay somewhere away from everyone, like a temporary interment camp and these groups can build and maintain and then foot the bill, everyone wins. Too cold; ticket to Calf., Fla., AZ. with a no return policy. Some have mental issues, you say, hum, they sure seem to find food, clothes, coats, sleeping bags, blankets, backpacks, even tents, heck I don’t even own a tent….. Am I wrong or does it almost seem like a choice they make to be taken care of ///
    I work, sent my kids to school, and always paid my taxes; so now I have to deal with this and made to feel like its my fault not to put up with it or not feel sorry for them?
    Like my dad told me when I was complaining about things, “GET A JOB” still works today.

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