MoDOT Asks Motorists for Caution during Mowing Season

By KOLR10 News

Published 05/05 2014 03:06PM

Updated 05/05 2014 03:08PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – With crews planning to begin mowing roadside areas across the state, MoDOT asks motorists to slow down, use caution and even move over a lane if possible to give crews room to work.
“State highway roadsides are mowed at intersections and along the roadway shoulder to provide good visibility,” said MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright in a statement. “With more than 385,000 acres of state maintained roadsides, we can’t afford to mow like you would mow your yard. Our mowing focuses on visibility and safety.”

Expect major and minor routes to be mowed at least three times through the end of October.

Along with mowing, crews will use herbicides on grass to stunt growth, control brush and stop the spread of weeds.

Some crews will use a “follow” truck to lead motorists past the mowers.  Drivers are advised to use the following tips to safely pass mowers:

  • Be alert for trucks and tractors with lights flashing and moving slowly, 2 mph to 5 mph.
  • Slow down and focus on the road ahead of you.
  • Avoid talking and texting on a cell phone or other distractions.
  • Be prepared to stop or drive very slowly behind a "follow" truck, especially approaching a hill or curve on a two-lane road.
  • Pass when you can see far enough past the "follow" truck to avoid meeting oncoming traffic.
  • Pass the mowers when it is safe.

You can report grass and weeds blocking visibility at intersections along state roads by contacting MoDOT’s 24/7 Customer Service at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or fill out an online form at and click on Report A Road Concern.

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