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May 14, 2015 03:42 PM
MoDOT Begins Mowing Season for Missouri Roadsides
Motorists Asked to Slow Down and Pass Crews Carefully

JEFFERSON CITY - Pushing the lawn mower back and forth across the yard is a springtime necessity, a pleasure for some and a chore for others. At the Missouri Department of Transportation, mowing serves a whole other purpose: safety.

Before the end of June, there is a good chance you will see MoDOT crews out mowing on tractor mowers so motorists have a clear, safe line of sight as they cruise along state highways.

"Mowing the roadside increases visibility for motorists, which makes state highways safer," said MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright. "While our crews are out there, we ask motorists to pay attention, slow down when approaching mowing crews, and pass carefully and safely."

Major and minor routes will be mowed at least three times through the end of October. Along with the mowing, crews selectively use herbicides to stunt grass growth as well as to control brush and stop the spread of noxious weeds. Wildflowers are an added benefit of not mowing fence-to-fence and careful herbicide usage.

On rural two-lane roads, crews may use a protective "follow" truck to alert motorists they are approaching slow-moving mowers.  Drivers are advised to use the following tips to safely pass mowers:

  • Be alert for trucks and tractors with lights flashing and moving slowly, 2 to 5 mph.
  • Slow down and focus on the road ahead of you. Avoid talking and texting on a cell phone or other distractions.
  • Be prepared to stop or drive very slowly behind a "follow" truck, especially approaching a hill or curve on a two-lane road.
  • Obey the no passing zone stripes and only pass when you can see far enough past the "follow" truck to avoid meeting oncoming traffic.



Between mowing cycles, report grass and weeds blocking visibility at intersections along state roads to MoDOT.  Contact MoDOT's 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or fill out an online form at http://www.modot.org/ and click on Report A Road Concern.

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