Authorities begin to clear W. Pa. homeless camps

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have begun to clear camps used by homeless people in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Public Works employees began clearing two camps Monday morning, and a third is scheduled for tomorrow. About 30 people lived at one of the camps under an Interstate 579 overpass.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Tom Stacy says everyone who was asked to leave cooperated and there were no problems.

PennDOT and the city cleared the camps after giving the homeless living there three weeks’ notice. Steve Cowan, a spokesman for PennDOT, says the homeless were trespassing on the land and creating a public safety hazard.

Authorities say they plan to fence the areas in.

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