March 24, 2004 at 7:00 AM


  Freeway Over-Crossing Clean-up


The Lodi Police Department and CAL-TRANS will be working to remove temporary housing encampments from under Highway 99 over-crossings in the Lodi area.  The project will continue on a regular basis through the summer months.  The clean-up is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM today and last approximately 4 hours.


Temporary encampments under or around highway over-crossings pose a serious health and safety hazard to the people staying there, as well as the rest of the community.  An example occurred on November 8, 2003, when a Federal Express truck swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian, who was believed to be crossing the highway to get to an encampment.  The truck struck the overpass at Pine and Highway 99 and caught fire.  The Lodi Police Department and Fire Department were first on the scene.  Fortunately nobody was injured in the accident, with the report being taken by California Highway Patrol.


Specific areas of the City of Lodi that are prone to temporary encampments will be targeted including over-crossings from Harney Lane to the Mokelumne River, including areas under the train trestles.  Temporary dwellings will be taken down and all housing materials will be removed.  Lodi Police Department, the City Public Works Department, and CAL-TRANS employees, will be working together on this project.


For more information contact PIO Jeanie Biskup at (209)329-4008 or