Vegetation Management

ODOT RIVM program
Article September 07, 2017
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) manages the seventh-largest highway system in the U.S. This means maintaining not only 43,000 lane-miles of roadway, but also over 100,000 acres of surrounding greenspace.    ODOT’s Office of Statewide Planning and Research, along with a technical...
MnDOT automated vehicle location
Article September 07, 2017
Mowing is a vital roadside maintenance activity for public agencies, yet it can be perceived as a routine, ordinary task.   Nonetheless, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) recently enhanced its mowing operations in the Metro District by utilizing Automated Vehicle Location (AVL)...
Article April 03, 2017
A number of states and the federal government use “compensatory mitigation” to replace or enhance wetland habitats that are destroyed or significantly impacted by the construction or widening of highways.   For example, the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) has restored or built over 200...

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News February 07, 2017
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) new Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP) begins its phased launch today in Northeast Georgia, with plans to roll out the service to five other districts in the state by this May.   CHAMP will serve most interstates across...
News May 31, 2013
It was a prickly situation. The weeds had to be removed, but using herbicides too near a water supply can be a dicey proposition due to federal regulations. Mowing weeds reduces them vertically, but they are still there, lying horizontally on the ground until collected.   And perhaps most important...
Article January 03, 2012
Performing routine bareground herbicide applications is instrumental in maintaining roadside safety and appearance. It helps eliminate unsightly plants that can obstruct right-of-ways and damage infrastructure.   Safety is the most important component of bareground control, Crop Production Services...
Article January 03, 2012
Cold winter months might not seem like the ideal season to invest in roadside vegetation management. But according to Victor Maddox, Ph.D., senior research associate at Mississippi State University, that’s precisely the best time for DOTs to focus on eliminating invasive species to both save money...
Article January 03, 2012
Winters typically are a time of looking ahead for roadside crews, a time of preparation and evaluation for the following spring’s roadside vegetation management plans. This winter, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is taking more action instead to get ahead of the game.   “Typically...
roadside vegetation management
Case Studies
South Carolina has the fourth-largest, state-maintained highway system in the nation. For the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), this translates to having its hands full when it comes to maintaining roads.   Much of this maintenance falls into the lap of the agency’s integrated...
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Case Studies
There are several significant reasons for keeping weeds and other undesirable vegetation along roadsides under control. For starters, their unsightly presence can create driver safety issues by inhibiting motorists’ line of sight. Excessive vegetation also can damage roadbeds by generating erosion...
roadside vegetation management
Case Studies
Weeds and other undesirable vegetation like to make their home along roadsides, but their presence can inhibit motorist security and line of sight as well as promote the spread of invasive species onto adjacent properties. What’s more, excessive vegetation can damage roadbeds by creating erosion,...
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