MnDOT clears homeless encampment at Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue

The state agency says the "highway right-of-way is not a safe place" to live


February 8, 2023

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

The Minnesota Department of Transportation clears and vacates the homeless encampment at E. Lake St and Hiawatha Avenue, in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023.

Minnesota Department of Transportation officials closed an encampment of homeless people living near the intersection of Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue Tuesday morning.

Crews arrived at 9 a.m. to clear out an estimated 35 to 40 people. Notice of the closure was posted Monday at 9 a.m., Jake Loesch, MnDOT spokesman, said in an email.

"MnDOT has always maintained that highway right-of-way is not a safe place for human beings to live," Loesch said.


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