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* News Release *
 
Thursday, September 12, 1998
For Immediate Release

COUNTY CREWS CONTINUE MOWING AND ROADSIDE MAINTENANCE INTO THE FALL

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 roads.

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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