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Neighbors concerned about filthy overpass on Browne Street

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Filthy, unsafe, and scary. That's what several people told KHQ about an underpass on Browne Street. Neighbors say they would like to see it cleaned up. It's almost unbearable. "I don't know if you can smell that?" said Dan Fox, a Spokane resident who walks through the underpass often.

Strong and potent, it's best to hold your breath if you don't want to inhale the smell that lingers in the air. "People use it as a restroom. It's just not very hygienic," said Fox.

Fox knows the area well because he sometimes walks through to get lunch on the other side. "I think it's gotten worse instead of better," said Fox. There's graffiti and a lot of garbage left behind.

The city says they've actually come out to the area several times this year to clean, but they are working on long-term solutions to try to fix it. They'll have crews cleaning the area on Tuesday. They hire a special crew to come out to specifically disinfect the area.

House of Charity says they have staff that comes and clean the Browne Street underpass every day. The city says it's really important to get that area cleaned on Tuesday because of the recent norovirus outbreak. They also say they are working toward long-term solutions, like a 24-hour shelter for the homeless.

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