April 16, 2012
Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.
An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 18, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control applications will occur through the end of November as needed. Only federal- and state-approved herbicides are used.
Workers will also mow, cut brush and trim trees along roads during the spring and summer. The work, which will be carried out weather permitting, is part of Pierce County’s integrated roadside vegetation management program.
“We want to keep our county roads neat and free of obstacles,” said Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities road maintenance manager. “This work improves pedestrian and motorist safety.”
The annual maintenance also reduces fire danger, optimizes storm water drainage, helps control noxious weeds and non-native plants, and promotes native plant growth.
Property owners who do not want roadsides adjacent to their properties sprayed can sign an “Owner Will Maintain” agreement with Pierce County. Under this agreement, the property owner agrees to maintain the vegetation. If the property owner fails to perform as required, the maintenance of the right-of-way reverts to the county.
The agreement must be renewed each year. The owner must display a sign indicating their participation in the program prior to the application of herbicides.
Agreement applications and signs are available at the Central Maintenance Facility, 4812 196th St. E. in Spanaway, and by appointment at the West County Maintenance Facility, 13209 Goodnough Drive in Gig Harbor. Please call (253) 798-6000 for an appointment.
More information can be found at www.piercecountywa.org/ownermaintain or by calling (253) 798-6000.
Jeff Rudolph, Public Works and Utilities environmental biologist
Anne Radford, Public Works and Utilities public information officer