INDOT announces roadside cleanup program

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INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT)- INDOT announced its roadside cleanup program, including mowing, litter pick-up, and herbicide application, Wednesday. INDOT says the program applies to Indiana’s more than 11,200 miles of state roads and will begin later in April and continue through the Summer.

INDOT says its crews are required to mow 15 feet from the edge of the marked roadway, including around signage, guardrails, cable barriers, and intelligent transportation system structures. Crews will also pick up litter around roadways. Last year, INDOT says crews picked up more than 8,500 tons of litter from Indiana state roads. Litter pick up is also assisted by programs like Adopt-a-Highway and Sponsor-a-Highway.

Crews will also apply herbicide to control what INDOT considers “invasive species and noxious weeds” along state roadways. Herbicide applications are scheduled to reduce impact on local crops and allow for development of “desirable vegetation.”

INDOT says motorists should watch for possible lane closures as crews work and adds that motorists should slow down, move over, and avoid distractions when they drive near active crews.

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(This story was originally published on April 8, 2020)

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