Mowing of Highway Right-of-Way Policy
It is the policy of the LaSalle County Highway Department to mow the shoulder and fore-slope on county highways for safety reasons and to promote positive drainage. Without this activity, the shoulder drop-off and guardrails would be invisible to the traveling public, including vehicles experiencing problems and wide loads such as farm machinery. Signs and visibility at intersections would also be obstructed.
The mowing allows rainwater to be more efficiently channeled to the ditches. Later in the year, blowing snow will travel across the pavement, rather than being trapped by standing vegetation which will cause snow drifts on the road surface.
Some limited sections are mowed full-width in order to keep problem brush areas in check or to alleviate sight-distance situations.