State cutting back on roadside mowing

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 7:38 AM
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MACON, Ga. — Budget cuts will reduce the amount of mowing that the state Department of Transportation does along Georgia highways.

Beginning July 1, grass on the sides of state routes will be mowed once a year instead of twice, and interstates will be cropped three times annually rather than four.

DOT spokesman Mark McKinnon said the steps are expected to save almost $11 million over the next year.

McKinnon said the exception to the new mowing schedule will be when there is a potential hazard, such as grass growing too tall and blocking a road sign.

He says there also will be less pickup of trash along the roads, except for things that could be dangerous to vehicles.

McKinnon says the DOT does not expect the cuts to be permanent.

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whoshere
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whoshere 06/17/09 - 06:51 am
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As I drive along the roadways

As I drive along the roadways I can already tell they have cut back. Sad!

smitty1861
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smitty1861 06/17/09 - 10:14 am
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Send the fine inhabitants of

Send the fine inhabitants of the Richmond Co. jail to do it for free.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 06/17/09 - 10:20 am
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That would not be fair,

That would not be fair, Smitty. Those people in jail have rights! The right to sit on their back ends in air conditioned cells with their TV after committing a crime - not being out of the hot road-ways with a sling-blade doing menial labor.
The government and lawyers would simply not allow this.

Debster
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Debster 06/17/09 - 01:54 pm
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It's sad, but on a recent

It's sad, but on a recent trip on some of the state's backroads and highways, I noticed that much of the grass along the roadside was dying ... from weed killer! It's ashame that dead grass seems like a better solution than just getting out there and cutting it.

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WhiteboyforJenkins 06/17/09 - 02:05 pm
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I bet the Chronicle will

I bet the Chronicle will censor this, but I would be happy to pay some more in taxes to keep the grass cut. I think it is an embarrassment to the whole state. A house with an un-kept lawn reflects poorly on its owners. As part owner of the state of Georgia I am truly embarrassed by how we look.

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SCGAL53 06/17/09 - 03:55 pm
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Get a chain gang with push

Get a chain gang with push mowers!

georgiasouthern
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georgiasouthern 06/17/09 - 05:06 pm
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Smitty that is a good idea.

Smitty that is a good idea. Another idea is to require people living on welfare to get out there and mow and clean up the states roads. Georgia is one of the highest states with people on welfare. Our taxes are paying these people so now let them repay us.

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jaschild 06/17/09 - 09:55 pm
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help should be on the way

help should be on the way just as stated by smitty and gs. by providing aide to their state perhaps this will enable our fine inmates to discover the good feelings (warm fuzzy) and great self esteem they so lacked and possibly led to them being incarcerated.

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