Member Login

State Road Crews to Target Weeds

State road crews will be hitting the streets this month to treat noxious and nuisance weeds.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Monday that its crews would look for Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, common teasel, multiflora rose, amur honeysuckle, poison hemlock, marestail, Japanese knotweed, and kudzu along the state highway rights of way.

Left uncontrolled, noxious weeds can grow so large that they interfere with a driver’s line of vision on highways, KYTC said. They can also damage pavement and embankments and clog ditches, causing drainage problems.

Noxious weeds often invade and destroy the roadside turf grass, leaving these areas vulnerable to erosion, KYTC said. They can also smother native plants through rapid reproduction and long-term persistence.

Motorists are reminded to use extra caution when crews spraying for weeds are out on the roadways.

Property owners who are actively treating noxious weeds on private property may request the eradication of nuisance weeds found on adjacent state-owned right of way. A written application must be submitted to the property owner's local highway district office. To request an application, please contact the appropriate district highway office. Contact information may be found here.

-Staff report

Photo: Giant foxtail (provided)