DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The state is spending roughly $1 million in search of a less costly and easier way to cut the grass and manage the trees and shrubs along Ohio’s interstates and highways.
The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) that the effort began last year with $177,000 spent on the first phase of a consulting contract with the Kent-based Davey Resource Group. The company’s recommended changes included spraying chemicals in certain areas to limit the growth of grass and weeds.
The project’s second phase will cost more. The company’s latest contract tops $1 million.
The consultant is expected to present alternatives to mowing the grass at the state’s usual rate of four times a year.
A state Department of Transportation administrator says Ohio is trying to be more efficient.
Information from: Dayton Daily News,