ODOT cautions motorists of peak mowing season
Slow moving equipment on roadway shoulders
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, June 20, 2011) – With summer holidays 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 2006, there have been 26 accidents statewide involving motorists and ODOT mowers, including one already this year.
Tips for motorists to remember during this mowing season are: watch for signs, slow down, 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. Trash and debris can be easily hidden in high weeds.
Over the last five years, there were 383 property damage claims filed with ODOT across the state as a result of mowing operations. Already in 2011, there have been 11 claims statewide, and one of those was in Holmes County.
Additionally, ODOT reminds motorists to use caution when traveling through all work zones this summer season.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us