GOOD seasonal conditions that have got pastures growing well are being welcomed by south-west farmers but not by VicRoads.
VicRoads said it had received an increased number of calls from the public concerned about the high level of grass growing on roadsides.
VicRoads south-west regional director Will Tieppo said it was prioritising the mowing of grass on roadsides throughout the region because of the big workload ahead.
Mr Tieppo said extensive mowing programs had been scheduled before the end of the year for key regional areas such as Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Geelong, Colac and Camperdown.
“VicRoads is responsible for roadside areas on freeways, non-urban arterial roads and central medians in urban areas,” Mr Tieppo said.
The main purpose of mowing was to maintain visibility for all road users and pedestrians, and also to reduce the risk of fires, he said.
“Roadside grass mowing is necessary to help safely guide road users along the network by maintaining visibility to guide posts and road signs, and to assist as they enter and exit intersections.
“The management of vegetation in roadside areas can also play a key role in minimising bushfire risk.
“The state’s arterial roads carry freight vehicles, cars, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians, and the roadside areas need to be managed to facilitate safe and efficient transport.
“We have a schedule that outlines our mowing for the year and VicRoads engages contractors with experience in mowing roadsides and who have the necessary plant and equipment,” Mr Tieppo said.
“We thank the community and motorists for being patient with us during this time and encourage all road users to report road hazards by calling 13 11 70,” he said.