The Lake Area will play host to one of seven remaining monthly meetings this year announced by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The commission has set November 1st for the meeting to take place at Old Kinderhook in Camden County. The purpose of the meetings, which are open to the public, is to gather input about regional transportation priorities. Other meetings will take place in West Plains, Springfield, Lee’s Summit, Chesterfield, Clinton and Washington. Specific meetings details have not been announced as of yet and will also be posted on the MoDOT website as the dates of each meeting draw closer.
Meanwhile, MoDot’s mowing crews are starting their work for the summer season. The Department of Transportation says they’ll be mowing roadsides around the state in three cycles – mid May, mid July, and mid September. In addition to mowing, the crews will also be spraying to stunt vegetation growth, control brush, and reduce the spread of noxious weeds. MoDot mows about 400,000 acres of grass each year – the equivalent of 300,000 football fields. For motorists, you’re reminded to slow down when traveling around the mowing crews, be prepared to stop behind their follow trucks, and use extra caution when passing them.