DOT cuts back on road maintenanceWisconsin motorists may see longer grass and perhaps more litter as a result of budget cutbacks.
By: Shamane Mills, Wisconsin Public Radio , Superior Telegram
Wisconsin motorists may see longer grass and perhaps more litter as a result of budget cutbacks.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation wants counties to scale back mowing, litter control and surveillance on state highways. Wisconsin Counties are under contract for upkeep of those roadways and the state wants to save money by focusing on safety issues. Dan Fedderly directs the Wisconsin County Highway Association. He expects motorists to notice a difference.
Under DOT guidelines, counties are ask to mow one shoulder cut a season, with more in spot locations where motorists’ vision is blocked.
Litter pickup will be limited to once a year, unless volunteers choose to cleanup an area themselves. And the opening of seasonal waysides will be delayed until May 21.
County surveillance of state roads will be scaled back on connector routes.
Fedderly says in winter, that generally means checking for icy spots and windblown areas.
Instead of daily surveillance, Fedderly says the guidelines tell counties to check for road hazards once a week.