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State Clears Out Homeless Living Under Viaduct Bridge

Inmates clear trash from under the H-1 / Nimitz Hwy. viaduct. Inmates clear trash from under the H-1 / Nimitz Hwy. viaduct.
An HPD officer questions a homeless woman asked to leave the viaduct area. An HPD officer questions a homeless woman asked to leave the viaduct area.

(KHNL) - The state is moving the homeless out of another area on Oahu. Wednesday it cleaned-up about a square mile under the Airport Viaduct.

About 100 state workers, Honolulu Police officers and inmates worked to clear the area. They also evicted the dozens of homeless people who lived there.

"We actually allowed the homeless to live here for the last 3 years," said Scott Ishikawa, public information officer with the state Department of Transportation.

But then police started to receive reports of rampant drug dealing and gambling under the Airport Viaduct. That's when the state said, enough is enough.

Authorities started weeks ago, by giving people who live here a notice to leave. Now they're kicking out those who haven't left yet and dumping everything in sight.

The Department of Transportation spends about $50,000 a year cleaning up the space under the Airport Viaduct and other bridges.

"It's unfortunate that push came to shove and it became a public safety issue, we have a lot of folks who stayed here the last couple of years, when the fire started, we got complaints about the gambling, 100 people gathering here, we had to do something," said Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Ishikawa.

State officials said it may take up to a week to clean up the entire area.

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