Summer grass cutting begins
Grassy road side verges are being cut back this summer to improve visibility for drivers at junctions and on bends.
Gloucestershire County Council begins its annual grass cutting programme today (Monday 9th May) across the county's major A and B roads and some minor roads.
The cut, which takes place over the next ten weeks, includes all highway verges, junctions, bends, dual carriageway central reserves and roundabouts to improve visibility for drivers and to conserve the wild flowers which grow in some of these areas.
Gloucestershire has a number of conservation road verges which are designated for wild flowers, so these will not be cut during the work.
During the cuts along dual carriageways, if any other maintenance is needed in the area it will be carried out at the same time so that disruption to traffic can be kept to a minimum.
The county council has informed the local district councils where any lane closures may be necessary and they will use the opportunity to safely carry out litter picking while the traffic management is in place.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, "Grass cutting is another example of how we work on our roads 365 days a year to keep our county moving.
"Follow @GlosRoads to find out what's happening at the moment, and look out for the hashtag #highways365 to see how crews are busy working for you."
For more details on where and when the grass cutting will take place, please visit http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/roadmaintenance
During August extra cuts will take place along junctions, bends and central reserves to cut back any regrowth and to make sure visibility for drivers in maintained.
In Gloucester and Cheltenham grass cutting is carried out by the city and borough councils.