Annual Roadside Mowing Efforts Underway for VDOT

Photo by Tom Saunders,VDOT

Crews are out along roadsides in northern Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Transportation wants to remind  drivers to slow down and stay alert in work zones where workers are mowing grass, pruning trees, cutting brush and removing litter.

As in recent years, most roads will see up to three cycles of mowing through the fall, but crews may increase that frequency in locations where safety issues and weather patterns require. The first round of mowing in northern Virginia is expected to be complete by mid-June.

“Our priority is giving everyone who uses state roadways—drivers, cyclists and pedestrians—a clear and safe view of their route,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s district maintenance engineer for northern Virginia. “While we have sought ways to keep our mowing plan frugal, we also give crews and contractors the flexibility to address problem areas along roadsides and in medians.”

Roadsides along interstates, primary roads and high-volume secondary routes are scheduled to be mowed three times through late October. Litter will be removed at the same frequency. Crews mow up to ten feet from the pavement’s edge or to the center of the adjacent ditch.

Roadsides along low-volume primary and most secondary routes will be mowed twice between through late October. Crews mow up to nine feet from the pavement edge.

Roadsides along unpaved routes and low-volume subdivision streets will be mowed once through late October, unless safety issues require more frequent attention. Crews mow up to nine feet from the pavement edge.

Keeping Crews Safe

Many of VDOT’s maintenance crews and contractors mow in a slow-moving mobile operation, with tractors followed by crash cushion trucks to provide protection from traffic. Drivers are asked to:

• Watch for posted signs, slow-moving trucks, and crews along roadsides and in medians
• Slow speeds
• Move into the opposite lane where possible when approaching the work zone.

These courtesies allow VDOT crews space to work while helping keep both crews and motorists safe.

Report Problem Areas

Through the fall, crews will continue to address safety issues where vegetation blocks sight as needed. Residents are encouraged to report these locations at VDOT’s “report a road problem” page at or by calling 800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD), TTY 711.

VDOT manages vegetation on state right-of-way only, which includes roadsides along interstates and most primary and secondary roads. For locally maintained roads, residents should contact their public works agency for more information.