Overgrown grass issues near Tulsa highways; drivers, ODOT search for solutions

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 07:17:09-04

TULSA – Overgrown grass near busy highways is reportedly causing issues for drivers trying to view oncoming traffic.

One driver in particular, Larry Howell, says the grass along US-412 is so high that it’s blocking the view of oncoming traffic for some drivers.

"This is the worst I've noticed it," said driver Larry Howell. "You really have to push your vehicle out far enough to make sure nobody's coming.”

ODOT officials say the problem is that grass is growing faster than they expected. They say the recent rains are to blame.

"Because you can't go into areas where it's very wet because that could damage the right of way or equipment," said ODOT Spokesperson Kenna Carmon.

ODOT is only required to mow along the state highway to the frontage road. They say the area from the frontage road to a fence line or sound wall is the City of Tulsa's responsibility.

"Right now our crews are mowing on areas along the inner dispersal loop, so along Highway 169 and they will be along the I-44 corridor next week," said Carmon.

ODOT officials said it could take about a month for crews to finish mowing the highways in Tulsa County. Howell says he hopes the grass is mowed soon, before something it poses a danger.

"I hope they get with it," said Howell.



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