January 06 2004

[b]DOT considers rule change for mowing right of way[/b]

Posted by Kim
The South Dakota Transportation Commission will hold a hearing Jan. 22 in Pierre on rules affecting the mowing of the highway right of way. The hearing will start at 9:05 a.m. in the DOT commission room located in the Becker-Hansen Transportation building.
The proposed rule changes are a result of negotiations between the departments of Game, Fish and Parks, agriculture and transportation.
The changes will remove mowing date restrictions from all West River counties except Lyman, Gregory and Tripp. These three counties will fall under the East River provisions, which restricts mowing until July 10.
The DOT says this will open up the mowing in West River counties with minimal pheasants and further restricts mowing in the three West River counties that have significant numbers of pheasants.
According to GFP, the primary nesting goes well into July and the change was made to improve the opportunity for a good pheasant hatch.
Written comments on this proposal may be submitted to Dennis Landguth, secretary of the S.D. Department of Transportation, 700 East Broadway Ave., Pierre. S.D. 57501-2586. When writing to the DOT, persons are asked to distinguish if they are a landowner or a non landowner.
Bob Benson of Clearfield, a member of the state transportation commission says the need to have road ditches mowed is a safety issue with the DOT. He noted that as of Nov. 1, there were over 400 bales in road ditches in this DOT district. The bales were to have been removed by Oct. 1.
The transportation commission held a hearing to obtain public testimony on the changes at their Nov. 20 meeting but have decided to re-open the hearing on January 22.

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