Crews clear homeless encampments along H-1 Freeway, Nimitz Hwy.

State crews are clearing several homeless encampments over concerns from lawmakers and the public.

KHON2 first told you earlier this month that Sen. Will Espero had been urging the Hawaii Department of Transportation to clean up the encampments, especially along the H-1 Freeway.

Garbage was apparent near many of the camps, and some had spilled onto roadways.

For the past several weeks, workers have been issuing notifications and conducting outreach efforts along the H-1 Freeway from Middle Street to Kahala, and on Nimitz Highway from River Street to the Pearl Harbor Interchange.

Cleanup efforts began Tuesday morning at five sites along the H-1 and continued Wednesday along Nimitz Highway.

Crews hauled away several truckloads of trash and stored property, which owners have 45 days to claim prior to disposal.

If you would like to report a homeless encampment or refer a homeless individual in need of services, contact the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness at 586-0193 or gov.homelessness@hawaii.gov.

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