After some Dorchester County residents reported their concerns about overgrown vegetation near roads, county officials say the public works department is working to catch up on mowing after mechanical and weather delays, and soon it will have more help with roadside maintenance.
Grass and other vegetation were growing high along some roads after two of the county’s five mowers broke down.
“We had to send it off to the manufacturer because it’s had some mechanical problems,” said Tiffany Norton, the county’s public information officer. “Which is to be expected when you’re running equipment eight hours a day, year-round.”
One of the mowers has since been repaired and some of the vegetation that residents were upset about has been mowed.
Soon, the county will have additional help handling the mowing.
“At Monday night’s County Council meeting, council approved the funding for the county to move forward with contracting out road maintenance, road mowing services, for Bacons Bridge Road, Dorchester Road,” said Norton.
The outsourcing of the work will allow public works department crews to focus on other efforts like clearing debris from ditches, canals and creeks.
High rainfall in recent weeks also contributed to the issue.
“We also can’t mow along the roadways when it’s wet in the same way that a citizen couldn’t mow their yard when it’s wet,” said Norton.
Norton pointed out that not every road is maintained by Dorchester County, and many are under state jurisdiction. Residents can call (843) 832-0070, the public works department, to clarify which agency handles maintenance along a roadway.