Paul Lyne, Logan County’s Road Supervisor, reports mowing season has started and is asking citizens to be watchful for equipment.
“We started May 1 and will be mowing until Halloween,” said Lyne. The county usually mows four to five rounds in a season depending on rain and growth. The state of Kentucky usually mows two, but has many more roads to handle.
There is a schedule the road department uses which includes all 500 plus miles in the county. Three crews go out into different directions of the county and work counterclockwise until they meet up.
“We try to mow the right-of-way,” said Lyne. “Most roads have 30-foot right-of-way, but some that we took over from the state, like Stephanie Road and Echo Valley Road, we try to go all the way to the fence. It really depends on safety.”
The county road department works an eight hour day, and it’s not an exaggeration to say the mowers are out seven of those eight, depending on problems that may arise including maintenance issues.
“We try to split the county into three sections. The mowers will then overlap in the middle,” said Lyne. “We head towards Lewisburg, Adairville and Auburn. We try to hit every road. Each road is just as important as the next. No road is more important than another.”
The county crews run three tractors with 10 foot bush hogs. The road department also has a side boom mower that reaches out and trims the hard-to-get areas. The boomer crew mows year around and tries to make the circle like the rest of the crews.
“We don’t get a lot of complaints thank goodness, but every now and then someone will call and say something,” Lyne added. “There are some intersections that we hear about, but we try to stick to the plan as much as possible.”
Some of the obstacles the road department faces while mowing include mailboxes, parked automobiles, telephone insulators, and trees.
“The biggest issue is safety,” said Lyne. “The mowers are large and traffic is an issue. We put up signs to let drivers know they have entered a mowing area, but sometimes they do not take heed. We worry all the time about safety.”
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.