Wednesday, June 26, 2013

VDOT Mowing Blitz Underway Through July 2

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will carry out a statewide mowing blitz through Tuesday, July 2 to make traveling on Virginia roadways as safe and inviting as possible over the Fourth of July holiday.

VDOT state and contractor forces have coordinated their work schedules to mow as many state maintained roads as possible before Independence Day. Leading up to the holiday, motorists will observe crews collecting litter and conducting mobile mowing operations on medians and shoulders.

VDOT will always mow an area where a sight distance hazard is reported or observed, regardless of the mowing schedule.

Reporting Potential Hazards

Motorists are encouraged to contact VDOT's 24-hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report sight distance hazards on interstates or roadways. Potential safety hazards may include grass, trees or other vegetation blocking highway signs, or blocking a motorist's view of oncoming traffic.

Keeping Crews Safe

VDOT's maintenance crews and contractors mow in a slow-moving mobile operation, with tractors and workers on foot. To protect workers, motorists are asked to:
  • Watch for posted work zone signs, slow-moving equipment and crews along roadsides and in medians
  • Reduce their speed
  • If possible, move over to the adjacent travel lane when approaching a work zone

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