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Herbicide program to maintain Pierce County roadsides to start April 8

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on April 1, 2013 at 11:48 am with No Comments »
April 1, 2013 11:48 am

An annual program using herbicides to control weeds along Pierce County roadsides will start April 8.

Workers also will mow and trim brush and trees along roadsides during the spring and summer to keep county roads free of obstacles.

Here’s the county’s news release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2013

Annual county roadside herbicide applications start April 8

Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.

An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 8, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applications will occur through the end of November as needed. Only federal- and state-approved herbicides are used.

Workers will also mow, cut brush and trim trees along roads during the spring and summer. The work, which will be carried out weather permitting, is part of Pierce County’s integrated roadside vegetation management program.

“Our county roads need to be neat and free of obstacles for the safety of motorists and pedestrians,” said Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities road maintenance manager.

The annual maintenance also reduces fire danger, optimizes storm water drainage, helps control noxious weeds and non-native plants, and promotes native plant growth.

Property owners who do not want roadsides adjacent to their properties sprayed can sign an “Owner Will Maintain” agreement with Pierce County. Under this agreement, the property owner agrees to maintain the vegetation. If the property owner fails to perform as required, the maintenance of the right-of-way reverts to the county.

The agreement must be renewed each March. The owner must display a sign indicating their participation in the program prior to the application of herbicides.

Agreement applications and signs are available at the Central Maintenance Facility, 4812 196th St. E. in Spanaway, and by appointment at the West County Maintenance Facility, 13209 Goodnough Drive in Gig Harbor. Please call (253) 798-6000 for an appointment.

More information can be found at www.piercecountywa.org/ownermaintain or by calling (253) 798-6000.

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