Homeless blame Houston Super Bowl for ouster from underpass

HOUSTON (AP) - Fences have gone up and dozens homeless people living under a Houston freeway overpass have been ordered out amid speculation the city is trying to make the area more presentable as it prepares to host the Super Bowl early next year.

Rhonda Parkton tells the Houston Chronicle she and others who frequent an area under U.S. Highway 59 in midtown Houston between downtown and NRG Stadium believe the Super Bowl is the reason police showed up early last week and warned them it was time to collect their stuff and move on.

A fence crew appeared Friday.

Government officials and homeless advocates say the football game three months from now isn't the reason. Instead, they insist the Texas Transportation Department is responding to safety concerns for drivers and pedestrians.

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