The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced it will soon begin mowing operations along state rights-of-way in the LaPorte District, which covers Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke and White counties. According to a press statement issued by the department, INDOT mowing operations are designed to minimize costs and risk to highway workers while maintaining the vegetation on INDOT’s roadways at a safe height for driver visibility.
INDOT predominantly uses a three-cycle process to mow state roadways, which includes all interstates, state roads and U.S. routes. Each right-of-way will be mowed three times each year, though the I-80/94 expressway and State Road 912 are on a five-cycle process.
The first cycle mows the median and right-of-way up to 15 feet from the roadway and was mostly completed in May. The second cycle involves full-width mowing in most areas. Crews mow from fence to fence, including the median. The second cycle begins in July and is typically completed before the vegetation reaches approximately 18 inches in height. The third cycle is another limited mow and is scheduled to take place in September.
INDOT has indicated the following areas will be maintained with three cycles:
- U.S. 24 Bypass in Logansport, State Road 29 and U.S. 35
- I-65 and I-94
- U.S. 30, U.S. 41 and State Road 49
- State Road 2, U.S. 31 and State Road 331
- U.S. 20/U.S. 31 Bypass and U.S. 30
- Various Routes throughout the Monticello Sub District