Mowing season is under way for the Starke County Highway Department. Superintendent Rik Ritzler says a mower has been out since April 27, and the other four tractor mowers will being cutting tight-of-ways on Monday. Last year county highway crews mowed more than 8,000 lane miles of county roadways. This year Ritzler says they plan to complete at least five complete circuits of the county, for a total of 7,500 miles.
Mowing is done to clear sight distance on county roadways and at intersections in order to ensure public safety. Ritzler says crews will be mowing a five foot right-of-way on the roadways and at least 15 feet back at intersections. He adds the highway department will work with local farmers to limit the amount of crops they have to mow without compromising public safety.