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Cleanup underway on area highways

Road crews cleared tall grass and debris from northbound Interstate 71 near the Western Row exit. (FOX19 NOW/Dan Wells) Road crews cleared tall grass and debris from northbound Interstate 71 near the Western Row exit. (FOX19 NOW/Dan Wells)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Now that warmer weather is here to stay, motorists should notice improved conditions along Tri-State highways in the coming weeks.

Crews are starting to mow tall grass and clear debris that piled up over the colder months.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says its mowing contract with an Indiana-based company was not affected by this harsh winter's road maintenance spending.
 
The state actually mows more often than most other states in the region, at a schedule of four times a year. The mowing is generally scheduled around the major holidays - Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and another time as needed in the fall.
 
ODOT also has secured a $1 million contract designed to find better and most cost effective ways to cut grass along interstate and divided highways.
 
"Evaluating Vegetation Management Practices for Woody and Herbaceous Vegetation", is scheduled to take three years before final
recommendations to the Ohio Department of Transportation are made.

The study follows a state auditor's recommendation that the agency reduce mowing to save an estimated $4.4 million per year.
 
While ODOT maintains all highways and ramps, Cincinnati officials say they are also looking at ways to improve the maintenance plan within the city.

Cincinnati's department of public services is generally responsible for clean-up, but city officials say it is managed on an "as needed" basis due to funding challenges.
 
The city recently completed a maintenance master plan for a more systematic approach to road and berm upkeep.

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