Seattle’s Most Infamous Encampment Won’t Be Swept But Urban Campers Will Receive Fire Extinguishers

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Crews began cleaning a notorious homeless encampment in north Seattle Thursday morning.

While the encampment is not being removed, a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) spokesperson told KOMO News Thursday morning that contractor crews are picking up garbage, repairing fences, cleaning needles and more at the Ship Canal Bridge encampment at I-5 in Wallingford.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said he wanted to put a halt to the encampment “as soon as humanly possible.”

“We need action there,” Inslee said. “It’s unacceptable to have a housing encampment under I-5 and the Ship Canal Bridge. We want to end the encampment as soon as humanly possible. The neighbors deserve that and I think we have a reasonable plan to get that job done.”

The cleanup began around 9 a.m.

The encampment borders both sides of the I-5 express lanes — Wallingford on one side and the University District on the other. It is referred to as the Pasadena Encampment by regional partners because one of the nearby cross-streets is Pasadena Place Northeast. Officials previously told KOMO News they believe about 30 people are living unsheltered at the site.
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