VDOT Launches Mowing Blitz Ahead of Holiday

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013  |  Updated 6:43 PM EDT
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The Big Mow Down in Northern Virginia

Virginia Department of Transportation

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The Big Mow Down in Northern Virginia

VDOT is on a mission to cut grass along several highways and major roadways. Transportation reporter Adam Tuss reports

The Big Mow Down in Northern Virginia

VDOT is on a mission to cut grass along several highways and major roadways. Transportation reporter Adam Tuss has the story.
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Virginia Department of Transportation crews are on a statewide mowing marathon to help ensure safe travels for the busy July 4th holiday.

The grass-cutting blitz continues through Tuesday ahead of the height of the holiday travel season.

There is so much grass in some areas that it takes about 45 days to complete.

"It's overgrown and it is kind of embarassing to drive by it and see the job that they did," commuter Ken Davis said. "It doesn't look like they own a weed-whacker, they leave the sides untrimmed... it's really terrible."

Gov. Bob McDonnell says VDOT crews and contractors intend to mow as many state-maintained roads as possible before Independence Day. Besides the safety aspect, McDonnell says freshly shorn grass enhances the state's appearance for residents and visitors.

"We want to make sure that the roads are safe for everybody," Branco Vlacich with VDOT maintenance said. "We have over 6,000 miles of mowing to get to and it takes time."

While the mowing blitz is underway, VDOT urges motorists to be alert to crews.

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