ODOT: Watch for grass mowing crews alongside roads

Drivers doing 55 mph can come up on a mowing tractor very quickly

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Despite the rainy weather the past few days, ODOT crews have been out prepping roads for spring and summer travel.

One of the ways they do that is by mowing the grass in the ditches alongside roadways as well as in the medians on area freeways.

At the Lisbon ODOT garage, they officially started mowing on Monday. They want to remind drivers that they will be out on the roads.

“One things drivers need to remember is that those tractors are driving about 4 miles an hour,” says Brent Rose, Columbiana County ODOT Transportation Manager. “So you are going to come up on them quick on a 55 mph road, if you are doing the speed limit.”

“Everyone just needs to be aware,” says Rose. “We are out here just trying to do our job we are serving the public and trying to make things safer for the traveling public.”

Areas that are being mowed are marked by “Mower Ahead” signs to warn drivers that they are in the area. Once you see a sign, the mower could be anywhere in a 2-mile radius.

“Just be patient, the guys are just out there trying to do a good job and make things safer for the traveling public,” says Rose. “Be careful. We want to go home at night too.”

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