DOT set to begin roadside mowing, chemical treatments along state highways

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The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) in May will begin its roadside vegetation control work in Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties for the 2019 season, the department announced.

Included will be mowing, along with chemical treatments in certain areas.

Most vegetation control along state highways is accomplished by mowing, which is performed as necessary by state highway maintenance crews or a contractor, DOT said. Activity signs will be posted to alert motorists when crews are working in the right-of-way. Mowing operations are generally done from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

In areas where mowing is unsafe or physically impossible, DOT crews will apply targeted chemical treatments. All chemical applications are performed in accordance with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, said DOT.

The applications consist of various mixtures that allow for effective vegetation control with the least amount of chemicals, the department added.

For questions regarding the DOT’s vegetation management program, call the DOT regional director’s office in Utica at
315-793-2447.

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