Town asks state to remove anti-homeless spikes under bridge
ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town is asking the state Department of Transportation to remove spikes that were recently installed underneath a bridge to keep homeless people from sleeping there.
Arlington officials want to the state to remove the two rows of spikes installed in a narrow space under a Route 2 bridge. A bike/foot path runs under the bridge near the Alewife transportation hub.
Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine tells The Boston Globe that the spikes appeared after discussions with state officials about ways to discourage homeless people from sleeping under the bridge — but the town never asked for them.
He’s says he’s “not happy” with the spikes.
A Transportation Department spokesman says the spikes were installed to keep out “trespassers.”
The department says it is looking into the issue.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com