NDOT’s top priority is keeping travelers safe and connected through the maintenance and construction of state roads and bridges. Part of that commitment includes ensuring that homeless individuals residing in state rights-of-way are not posing a significant public safety or health risk to themselves or the surrounding community. However, clean-up operations must be balanced against NDOT’s limited time and resources as well as external factors beyond the Department’s control. We continuously work with local and state law enforcement, health districts, social services, and other agencies to stay on top of this ongoing issue, including cleaning up camps where appropriate while ensuring homeless individuals are given adequate notice and access to shelter, food, and other services.
What are we doing during COVID-19?
Per national CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, NDOT has suspended most routine clean-up activities at homeless encampments on state rights-of-way until further notice. This is a temporary measure to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. However, NDOT continues to visually inspect the roadways for health and safety hazards, including the stormwater and hazardous materials implications of these encampments. NDOT and other jurisdictional agencies, such as law enforcement, may decide to move forward with clean-up activities if necessary to protect the public.
Thank you for your help and understanding as we work through community COVID-19 mitigation strategies while we continue to manage our rights-of-way.
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