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Posted at 8:27 AM ET, 05/24/2010

VDOT seeks help keeping the grass cut

By Washington Post editors

The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking volunteers to help keep the grass cut along some state roads after the department's annual mowing budget was slashed nearly in half.

VDOT spokesman Jeff Caldwell says the agency has started a formal grass-cutting program as part of its Adopt-A-Highway effort for litter patrol. He says VDOT wants to work with residents who have a civic-minded desire to assist with highway maintenance.

Caldwell says interstates and busy secondary roads will be off limits to the volunteer mowers due to potential dangers. VDOT will continue to mow along those areas, just not as often.

Plans call for no more than two mowings this year along low-volume primary and most secondary routes and only one mowing along low-volume primary and most secondary routes.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 8:27 AM ET
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  department of transportation, mowing, virginia, volunteers  
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Begging for grass-mowers...trouble handling Snowmageddon because so much staff is money left to sweep up the leftover sand and gravel. And that's just the small stuff. When is Richmond going to understand that the blood-letting at VDOT is taking its toll on everyone? It's time to acknowledge VDOT's crucial role in this traffic-choked region - and get its funding back in order now.

Posted by: thunder11 | May 24, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

thunder11- where would you like them to take the money from to pay those people? pot hole repair? Re-paving? Ia m sure there is a lille bit they could pull from other projects, but they can't pull money from the air. Everybody complain that VDOT and other state agencies aren't living up to their responsibilities, but god fobid someone askes to rasie taxes a penny or two. Mowing a just another service that will eventually die becasue too many people want their cake and eat it too.

Taxes and fees make the government work.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | May 24, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Use the prisoners sucking up everyone's money b/c they don't know how to behave in society. Also, anyone collecting a welfare check should have to work a MINIMUM of 32 hrs / week at a state agency. There is no reason to allow people to sit on their fat bottoms all day when there is work to be done. EVERYONE can do SOMETHING.

Posted by: ms1234 | May 24, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Is this part of Confederate Month celebrations?

Posted by: jckdoors | May 24, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Just let it grow wild and cut the merge lanes and other areas where tall grass might create a bona fide safety issue. What's so wrong with that?

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | May 24, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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