AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin said it has removed 55 tons of trash from a homeless camp underneath U.S. Highway 183 near Cameron Road. That’s up from an initial estimate of 30 tons that they said at the time was not a comprehensive number.
Austin Resource Recovery removed 30 tons of trash over a three-day period that wrapped up Wednesday. They concentrated their clean-up efforts on things like tires while other crews worked on the remainder of the encampment. Public Works removed an additional 25 tons of trash.
Firefighters previously told KXAN that 50 people had been living under U.S 183 near Cameron Road. The frontage road here is East Anderson Lane. The site caught fire on Feb. 3 and then again on Feb. 20.
The cleanup began on Sunday causing lane closures on the frontage road between Blessing Avenue and Cameron Road for most of the week.
Austin Resource Recovery confirmed on Wednesday that the cleanup would be completed that day and they would not need to close the frontage lane on Thursday or Friday.