RICHMOND -- Mowing equipment has replaced snowplows along Virginia’s roadways.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews are cutting through roadside vegetation so motorists, cyclists and pedestrians have a clear view of where they are going – and can get there safely.
Crews are also pruning trees, cutting brush and removing litter.
“We never compromise on motorist safety,” said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “Roadside maintenance – including mowing to control vegetation in VDOT’s right of way – is one way we keep Virginia’s roads safe for motorists and summer travelers.”
Motorists approaching slow-moving mowing operations should reduce their speed, stay alert and move into the opposite lane where possible when approaching the work zone. These courtesies allow VDOT crews space to work efficiently without worry for their safety or that of approaching motorists.
“We ask all drivers to watch for VDOT employees and contractors operating the mowers and other equipment along the interstate medians and other roadsides,” said Kilpatrick. “Please consider these crews ‘mobile work zones’ and drive cautiously around them.”
VDOT maintains 58,000 miles of roads in Virginia and manages vegetation on state-maintained right of way only, which includes along interstates and most primary and secondary roads.
The department will follow these general mowing guidelines, based on weather conditions, which affect vegetation growth rate:
• Roadsides along interstates, primary roads and high-volume secondary routes are scheduled to be mowed three times through late October. Litter will be removed at the same frequency.
• Roadsides along low-volume primary and most secondary routes are scheduled to be mowed twice through late October.
• Roadsides along unpaved routes and low-volume subdivision streets are scheduled to be mowed once through late October, unless safety issues require more frequent attention.