While it may seem like it was just weeks ago that drivers were tracking the progress of Virginia Department of Transportation plows, tall grass in medians is now catching the attention of local drivers.
VDOT crews have begun their spring routines of mowing grass, trimming trees and picking up litter along the medians and roadsides.
Major roads, such as highways, primary roads and high-volume secondary roads, are scheduled to be mowed three times per year. Smaller roads and less traveled roads may only get a visit from the mower once or twice a year.
The frequency was higher at one point, but the mowing budget was cut back in 2009, according to VDOT spokeswoman Jennifer McCord. The current budget for mowing Northern Virginia is about $5.6 million.
“If there are locations that are dangerous, we would certainly go do that more often,” McCord said.
The agency encourages drivers to report grass that is tall enough to block sight lines at intersections or cause other problems, she said.
Mowing can also take a backseat to other roadwork. For example, McCord said, there were some roadways that were damaged in the flooding last week, so that work took precedence over the mowing the grass that had a growth spurt during the wet weather.
To report problem vegetation, go to VDOT’s “report a road problem” page at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp or call 800-367-7623.