Improving our roadsides for the safety of Hoosiers

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Friday, January 13, 2017 8:50 am

Many of our local communities have raised concerns about the lack of mowing along our highways due to how tall the roadside vegetation can get in the warmer months. I have taken this input to heart, and based on the Indiana Department of Transportation’s current mowing policies, have proposed legislation to make Indiana’s highways safer. 

Currently, the state dedicates $8 million each year to mowing and treating 60,000 acres of medians and roadsides of Indiana highways. According to INDOT, there is a three-step treatment process to maintain the growth of grass along our roadways, including targeted timing of mowing cycles, selective herbicide applications and vegetation management zones. 

I believe more can be done to keep the height of our roadside vegetation at a level where it is not hindering the sight of drivers while maintaining our reputation as the Crossroads of America instead of looking like the backroads of America. In my proposal I am bringing before the General Assembly to consider as a new law, I am laying out a plan that would require INDOT to begin its mowing season when 50 percent of growth along roads is one foot tall in the line of sight. 

Right now, INDOT only has two mowing cycles on its calendar; however, my proposal would add to the number of mowing cycles across the state. For our area and others located south of U.S. 40, INDOT would mow six times a year. The northern part of the state usually has a shorter summer and autumn than us, so INDOT would only have to mow four times a year above U.S. 40.

All of these provisions laid out in my legislation would allow for safer travels and cleaner looking highways

As always, please contact me with questions or input at 317-232-9833 or by email at h75@iga.in.gov. I appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district. Stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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