ODOT cautions motorists of peak mowing season
Slow moving equipment on roadway shoulders
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, May 29, 2013) – With summer quickly approaching, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is entering its peak mowing season and wants motorists to be aware of their moving maintenance operation along state highways.
In general, ODOT maintenance crews mow four times a year but mow sight distance problem areas more often as needed.
Crews use Mower Ahead and slow-moving vehicle signs to advise motorists of their work. They are spaced no more than five miles apart. However, sometimes on rural highways motorists forget about the work zone sign by the time they reach the mower.
Since 2007, there have been 92 mowing incidents in eastern Ohio involving thrown objects or contact accidents, including two already this year.
Tips for motorists to remember during this mowing season are: watch for signs, slow down, keep a safe distance, and watch for workers.
Workers carefully monitor the height of their mower deck to avoid throwing objects, and litter crews try to pick up large objects before mowing begins. However, motorists are advised when approaching mowers to keep a safe distance behind them, because trash and debris can be easily hidden in high weeds.
Additionally, ODOT reminds motorists to use caution when traveling through all work zones this summer season.
Ohio’s 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.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us