Roadside Herbicide Alternatives

Proper management of roadside vegetation is critical to maintaining safe roads. Uncontrolled vegetation can impede maintenance, obstruct traffic visibility, and cause damage to pavements, barriers and waterways. The overwhelming majority of the roadside vegetation is controlled by mechanical means (cutting and mowing). In some instances, vegetation persistence or equipment limitations render conventional cutting methods ineffective or impossible. For these situations, roadside managers typically apply herbicides. The objective of this research is to evaluate alternative vegetation management techniques along roadsides and to compare these techniques to traditional herbicide treatment. Based on evaluation of applicability and feasibility, alternative herbicide methods could be used in a variety of ways, either in whole or in part, as part of MassHighway's Vegetation Management Plan (VMP).


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation

      Office of Transportation Planning, 10 Park Plaza
      Boston, MA  USA  02116
    • Project Managers:

      Pepin, Stephen

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Massachusetts, Amherst

      Amherst, MA  USA  01003
    • Principal Investigators:

      Prostak, Randall

      Barker, Allen

    • Start Date: 20040817
    • Actual Completion Date: 20060630
    • Source Data: RiP Project 10033

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01458739
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:49PM