Woody growth became a problem when budget cutbacks forced the New York State Department of Transportation (NYDOT) to allow roadsides to revert to a natural state. The economical solution? New brush-cutting machines. A 1979 mowing-needs survey had determined that NYDOT's ten regions were required to mow a total of 3,930 acres. On a region-by-region basis, based on the productivity of the trial mower, each region required either two or three machines, for a state-wide total of 23 tractor-mounted mowers (based on one mowing per season). The use of growth retardants has declined. While early retardants were marginally effective, this is not a problem with the currently used material. Rather, the state has concluded that the cost of applying the chemical is equal to the cost of two mowings.

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    Public Works Journal Corporation

    P.O. Box 688
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  • Publication Date: 1984-3

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  • Accession Number: 00390008
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM