Be cautious around mowing crews on area roads

Motorists on western Kentucky roadways are being urged to be on the lookout for state mowing crews on right of ways.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews and contract crews have started their spring round of mowing along interstates, parkways, and highways across the region.

A news release says mowing zones will be marked by appropriate signage and should be treated with the same respect and caution as any other work zone. Drivers are urged to slow down and watch for slow-moving tractors and support vehicles that may be required to maneuver into and across highway travel lanes from time to time as they go about their work.

Motorists should also be mindful of personnel in close proximity to traffic flow in areas with ongoing mowing or litter removal activities.

Cabinet Public Information Officer Keith Todd says above average rainfall across the region has hampered highway crews and contractors as they’ve ramped up mowing activities this spring.  In addition to creating muddy conditions that have delayed the start of mowing, the rainfall has provided roadside vegetation with a substantial head start this spring.

Contract mowing crews are generally working along area Interstates, parkways, and U.S. highways.  State crews are ramping up mowing activities along U.S. highways, as well as along rural secondary highways in many Western Kentucky counties.

Mowing and litter crews will continue to have active work zones across the region anytime weather conditions allow for about the next month.