highway median mowing

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by laxative, May 14, 2008.

  1. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 147

    This week they started mowing ditches and highway medians here. Had ODOT crews trimming around guardrails and sign posts in the rain. What's the point? Seems like a waste of tax supported gas and labor. It looks nice but if there's no fire hazard or traffic visibility concerns it's stupid. Am I missing something? Is there another reason to mow all the ditches and medians once a month or so?
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    so they dont look like crap. you have to think about it from the states point of view... when people drive through your town/state they dont want them seeing overgrown grass and weeds everywhere. That might make that person think that they do not take care of the other roads/areas, which would turn into them not staying for a visit or not staying permanently. Just a thought...

    - And if they dont mow it, there will be a line of people there to complain about it not being mowed and it looking like crap.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    A trashy looking median could promote littering for instance, not joking.
    Long highway grass, when a disabled vehicle must pull off-road, could catch on fire.
    It's work, thinking in terms of employment.

    Can't think of any more right now.
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    Might as well take care of it "before" it becomes a fire hazard rather then "after".
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Keep the ditches and median for litter control, mitigate fire hazard, prevent drifting of snow if in the snow belt.
  6. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    Wow, ODOT does their own mowing, TxDot used to do it years ago, now its sent out to bid, one local, guy became a millionare because of this State, plus he uses all leased equipment and Mexicans, and does a crappy job, but still gets paid.

    Its bid per acre......my tax dollars at work....
  7. rachael24

    rachael24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    NY does their own mowing as well as PA.
  8. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    in our area(arizona) its mostly for fire danger.
  9. whitefrog1

    whitefrog1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    TN bids out the medians. I'm sure those guys are making some money. A friend of my fathers mows for a guy that does them. He has an 8 man crew. Gotta have alot of equipment though. I'd be interested to know how much they are actually making off them.
  10. Dunlaps LawnCare

    Dunlaps LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    pa does there own

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