Missouri’s roadsides are going to be a little shaggier than usual this summer. The transportation department hopes to save about $2.6 million eliminating one of the four mowings of medians and roadsides. State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright says the department usually mows before each of the three major summer holidays and in October. The department plans to skip its July 4th mowing this summer. She thinks the department will save enough to resurface about fifty miles of road with asphalt or build about two-and-a-half miles of highway.
District engineers have the flexibility to adjust the mowing schedule if the grass gets too tall.