So that there shall be a balance between the interests of agriculture on the one hand and wildlife conservation on the other, the South Dakota Department of Transportation has, since April 1976, had a policy of allowing mowing of highway rights-of-way by the owners of adjoining farmland only after issuance of a permit by the district engineer and then only during the summer (between June 15 and September 1 west of the Missouri and between July 10 and September 1 east of the Missouri), with the Department reserving the right not to issue permits at all for any portion of the right-of-way. The primary advantage of this policy is that it has obviated the need for most of the maintenance (mowing, litter control, cleaning of drainage areas) that would have had go have been done by the Department itself. Also, many noxious weeds are cut down before they go to seed, thus improving sight distances and hence improving traffic safety. Problems include erosion started by spinning equipment wheels on the inslopes and backslopes, getting harvesters to remove their hay within the specified time limit, and the opposition of some conservationists to mowing the rights-of-way at all.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 25-26
  • Monograph Title: Evaluating Bridge Structures, Pavement Maintenance, Roadside Management, Deicing Salts, Transport of Hazardous Materials
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026768
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-024 782
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM