Mowing 2017PADUCAH, Ky. (5/19/17) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Graves County Fiscal Court have entered into an agreement that will put the county road crew to work mowing along state highways. The interagency agreement provides the county with a funding boost for county roads while helping the state meet summer mowing requirements.

According to KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor, bids on state mowing contracts came in high for several counties. In the process of seeking some alternatives, highway engineers starting talking to Graves County about the need for a contractor. After discussion, the Graves County Fiscal Court offered to pick up the mowing contract to help fund county road department operations.

“So far as we know, this is the first such interagency agreement where a county road crew will be mowing along state highways,” McGregor said. “The agreement helps us maintain roadside mowing this summer while providing an alternate funding source for county roads.”

As the mowing season progresses, McGregor reminds citizens in Graves County who have questions about mowing along state highways to call a state highway office versus calling the county road department.

KYTC District 1 has about 2,800 miles of highway across Kentucky’s 12 westernmost counties. About half are mowed by state crews with about half mowed by contractors. Under the interagency agreement, the Graves County Road Department will be responsible for about 251 total highway miles.

KYTC District 1 personnel will be mowing along the Julian Carroll-Purchase Parkway from Calvert City to the Kentucky-Tennessee state line at Fulton. Two Graves County class D inmate crews will assist that effort by picking up litter along the parkway.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 Spokesman Keith Todd reminded motorists to approach mowing zones with the same caution they use in other work zones. Todd noted that operators often have to enter or cross travel lanes as they go about their work mowing along area highways.

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