Southeast : City to Fence Off Areas Under Bridges

Homeless people who have set up camp under bridges along the San Gabriel River in Cerritos may soon have to find shelter elsewhere.

The City Council voted unanimously this week to set aside $55,000 to put up fences around five areas where the homeless often camp. By early next year, the city plans to install iron gates under bridges at 183rd and South streets, as well as those at Artesia and Del Amo boulevards. A fifth gate is planned for the area over Coyote Creek at Del Amo Boulevard.

The plan requires approval of a county flood control agency that occasionally clears transients from the bridges in case of a deluge.