Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715


May 14, 2010

VDOT Offers Opportunities for Volunteers to Help Maintain Virginia’s Roadsides

RICHMOND—With spring upon us, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) maintenance crews and contractors are kicking off spring maintenance activities — removing litter, mowing grass, pruning trees and cutting brush along roads throughout the commonwealth. VDOT has developed mowing priorities and schedules for all state-maintained roads, beginning late April and continuing through October.

This year’s roadside maintenance schedule remains similar to the one adopted in 2009, when mowing cycles on most routes were reduced, extending the length of time between repeated mowing in areas where sight distance and motorist safety were not issues.

In response to calls from citizens asking for permission to provide additional mowing and maintenance activities along Virginia’s primary and secondary highways, VDOT is expanding its program to allow volunteers to assume responsibility for roadside maintenance.

“While we have stretched our mowing cycles the last few summers to save taxpayer money in this difficult economy, the safety of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians remains our first priority,” said Robert Prezioso, acting state maintenance engineer. “Our crews and contractors will continue to ensure that roadside vegetation is maintained so that everyone who uses state roadways has a safe view of their route and so our storm water drainage systems work as designed. Meanwhile, we encourage those who wish to adopt a highway to contact VDOT to receive the proper safety instruction and materials before they do any work near traffic.”

Adopt-A-Highway Program

The Adopt-A-Highway program has recently been expanded to encourage a new “volunteer mowing” alternative for interested citizens, civic groups and businesses.  VDOT will continue to accept volunteers to assist in maintaining low-volume primary and secondary roads through its Adopt-a-Highway program. For details about becoming an Adopt-a-Highway volunteer, and for more information on how VDOT maintains state roadsides, visit

2010 VDOT Mowing Standards

VDOT’s 2010 mowing standards provide guidance for state and contractor crews in the maintenance of vegetation along Virginia’s 58,000-mile highway system. The standards include guidance as follows:

  • Roadsides along interstates, high-volume primary and secondary routes are scheduled to be mowed no more than three times this year beginning in late April and ending in late October. Litter will be removed at the same frequency. Crews will mow up to 18 feet from the pavement’s edge or to the center of the adjacent ditch.
  • Roadsides along low-volume primary and most secondary routes will be mowed no more than twice this year between late April and late October. Crews will mow up to nine feet from the pavement edge.
  • Roadsides along unpaved routes and low-volume subdivision streets will be mowed once this year between late April and late October unless safety issues require more frequent attention. Crews will mow up to nine feet from the pavement edge.
  • Crews will continue to address areas along all roads as needed where vegetation may limit the sight distance of drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. Citizens are encouraged to report any roadside vegetation causing sight distance issues by filling out VDOT’s online maintenance request form at or by calling 800-367-7623 (ROAD). TTY users, call 711.

VDOT manages vegetation on state right-of-way only, which includes roadsides along interstate highways and most primary and secondary roads. Local governments or landowners are responsible for maintaining right-of-way along city streets as well as roads in Henrico and Arlington counties. Citizens in localities that maintain their own roads should contact their local public works agency for more information.

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