MoDOT mowing crews ask drivers to give them room to work

May 15, 2018 - 6:25 am
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Mowing and weed control crews are hitting the highways across Missouri this week. 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will mow and treat about 400,000 acres of grass and weeds along the state's major and minor highways and interstates. The mowing takes place each year in mid-May, mid-July and mid-September. 

Drivers should be aware of MoDOT crews and slow down, especially around bridges and bridge ends, where mowing vehicles may enter the roadway, said Becky Allmeroth, maintenance engineer.

"There are a lot of areas, especially around bridges and bridge ends, where our tractors can't keep going, and they have to encroach into the lane a little bit," Allmeroth said. "(We're) making sure that everybody knows that we're out there right now."

Along with mowing, Allmeroth says crews selectively use herbicides to stunt vegetation growth, control brush and stop the spread of noxious weeds. 

People who see grass or weeds blocking motorists' visibility, they are asked to call MoDOT's 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT, or report the problem at MoDOT's website.

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