Why Are You Clearing Brush and Trees from the Roadside?
The work completed is part of KCRC's routine maintenance efforts to manage vegetation within the right-of way. Beginning in late summer, KCRC deploys mechanical brush cutters to help manage vegetation. The clearing process helps trim and remove wild brush to reduce the potential hazard of overgrown vegetation. The operation can compromise the aesthetic of the site for a brief period; however, a couple months of regrowth helps to restore the naturally pleasing roadside.
- Vegetation maintenance within the right-of-way:
- Increase traffic sign visibility
- Improve motorist visibility of deer and other livestock and wildlife near the road
- Keep road users (vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians) visible to drivers
- Help pedestrians and bicyclists see motor vehicles
- Improve winter road maintenance in snow and ice areas
- Help drainage systems function as designed
- Preserve road surfaces through daylighting and root system control
- Control noxious weeds in accordance with local laws and ordinances
Vegetation control typically causes minimal impact to traffic flow. Because of this, advance notice of this work is generally not provided to property owners. Our crews handle miles of routine maintenance efforts per day, and it would greater impact our efficiency, and the work completed, if prior notice was required before these activities could begin.