Freeway camps present major eyesores, safety issues

in Around California/People

Scattered along the stretch of Highway 99 between Service Road and downtown Modesto freeway off-ramps is a growing collection of homeless camps –marked by large piles of debris – offering visual blight impossible for motorists to ignore and shaking the heads of Chamber of Commerce folks.

One such camp south of the Hatch Road overpass – which the city’s code enforcement unit has cleared out a number of times – places occupants walking and camping dangerously just feet away from freeway traffic. Another camp with its makeshift living quarters and scattered debris greet motorists negotiating the westbound Hatch Road off-ramp.

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