Butler County Engineer
Dean C. Foster reports that BCEO mowing crews have completed
two rounds of mowing and will begin their final round of the
1999 season next week. This
year's drought has slowed roadside growth somewhat; however,
"weeds and Johnson Grass seem to flourish no matter what
the conditions," Foster said. "Our crews have done
an excellent job of keeping the roadside growth well under control."
The BCEO has two mowing
crews with two mowers assigned to the eastern townships and three
utilized in the more rural west side of the County. An additional
mower will be purchased for next year enabling three crews with
two mowers each to work through the County more quickly.
Five-foot flail mowers
are utilized for cutting grass and weeds along 267 miles of County
roads. These mowers have allowed the Engineer's Office to increase
by nearly four times the amount of roadside brush that can be
trimmed in a given period.
Flashing lights as
well as Mowing Ahead 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 though early November when crews shift their focus to snow
and ice control.
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