Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
May 24, 2012
ROADSIDE MOWING OPERATIONS ARE UNDERWAY
Crews are cutting vegetation in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula
FREDERICKSBURG — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has begun mowing operations to cut vegetation and clear debris along roadsides and ditches in the 14-county Fredericksburg District.
From May to November each year, VDOT maintains a mowing schedule for state-maintained interstate, primary, and secondary roads.
While roads carrying higher volumes of traffic are mowed most frequently, VDOT will always respond to areas where sight distance is a safety concern.
“Concerns connected to safety and sight distance remain VDOT’s first priority for mowing, regardless of the amount of traffic a road carries,” said Bart Van Nieuwenhuise, District Infrastructure Manager. “While we schedule specific roadways for mowing and litter collection, we will always deviate from our schedule to respond to potential hazards.”
VDOT will mow the roadsides of interstates and primary roads up to three times a year between spring and fall. VDOT will mow up to the right-of-way line from the pavement’s edge, or to the adjacent ditch.
On secondary streets, VDOT will mow up to twice a year, and up to 9 feet from the pavement’s edge.
Motorists are encouraged to stay alert for mobile mowing operations taking place throughout the region. When drivers encounter a mowing or litter collection work zone, drivers are encouraged to reduce their speed, stay alert, and follow the direction of signs and flagging crews.
To report a roadway hazard, customers can call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623). The Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day. Reports can also be submitted online at www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp.
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, Essex, Gloucester, King George, King & Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland.
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