Road maintenance crews from
the Butler County Engineer's Office have completed two rounds
of mowing along County roads and are set to begin the third and
final round of the year. Record-setting rainfall in April and
a wet June helped produce a bumper crop of roadside weeds and
brush during the first half of the summer; however, the recent
extreme dry spell of August and September has slowed growth considerably.
The BCEO has two mowing crews
with two persons assigned to each crew. Five-foot flail mowers
are utilized for cutting grass and weeds along 267 miles of County
Flashing lights with Mowing
and Slow-moving Vehicle signs are used in conjunction
with all County mowing equipment. Motorists are advised to take
extra precautions when approaching the equipment. Crews begin
their rounds in the south central part of Butler County and work
their way into the northern townships.
BCEO crews have also been
busy clearing brush to eliminate sight distance problems at various
intersections and railroad crossings.
Ditching, drainage problems,
spraying weeds along guardrails, and controlling Johnson Grass
are also part of this annual roadside maintenance program, which
runs through early November when crews shift their focus to snow
and ice control.
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