Roadside Mowing Season Under Way

Drivers should slow down near crews

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Tuesday, May 10, 2011  |  Updated 6:40 AM EDT
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Roadside Mowing Season Under Way

Virginia Department of Transportation

Grass mowing on I-295, Enon Area in Chesterfield County. (Photo by Tom Saunders,VDOT)

Now that we’ve reached the warmer part of Spring, Virginia’s 58,000 miles of state roadways are getting their first manicure.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said mowing season is now under way, and drivers need to be aware of roadside crews. Those crews will be cutting grass, pruning trees, cutting brush and removing litter.

Most roads will see three cycles of mowing this year, but VDOT said roadsides that present safety issues will get some extra attention.

VDOT officials said crews have cut back some in the past few years because of the economy, but they maintain that the safety of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians is the top priority.

Anyone who sees a roadside crew should slow down when they pass them.

Residents who notice trouble spots on state roadways can report them to VDOT online or by phone at (800) 367-7623. If it involves other roads, you should contact your local jurisdiction.

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