ODOT Assesses Vegetation along
of areas to occur this year
May 27, 2014) – The
grass along area highways which remains brown from herbicidal spraying last
summer will be reseeded by the contractor this year.
The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 (ODOT)
recently completed an assessment of vegetation along the highways in the
district’s eight-county region where a 2, 4-D-based chemical was sprayed last
summer to kill broadleaf weeds. The chemical contained a growth retardant
which was believed at the time to have caused the grass to brown immediately
and remain brown throughout the summer and fall.
“In our conversations with the contractor last year when
the issue was first identified, we were assured the grass would recover, but any
areas that did not would be reseeded at their expense,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio
Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director. “Based on our recent
assessment, we now believe we have several areas that will require
reseeding,” he said.
The contractor, Mercier’s Inc. of South Point, will be
responsible for reseeding dead areas, spraying weeds which have overtaken
some of those areas and repairing any washout areas created because of the
lack of healthy vegetation. ODOT will request the contractor to perform this
work at their expense as soon as possible.
ODOT regularly performs herbicidal spraying by contract. Vegetative
retardants, which slow the growth of grass, are typically included in the mix
to reduce the number of mowings each year.
ODOT District 1 encompasses Allen,
Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to
provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the
largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles
and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance
economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely
invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction
program and highway maintenance operations.
more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information
Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us