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Washtenaw County Road Commission announces roadside herbicide spraying

In August, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will begin its annual rural roadside herbicide spraying program in Webster, Dexter, Lyndon, Sylvan and Lima Townships.

Specifically trained, licensed and experienced professionals will selectively apply the herbicides to specific vegetation that could create a driving hazard along the roadside. This is part of WCRC’s four-pronged Roadside Vegetation Control Program.

This program is designed to contain roadside vegetation that if left unchecked, could obstruct motorists’ vision, obstruct the traveled portion of the roadway, create drainage problems and/or cause snow/ice removal problems.

The herbicide operation is not a continuous broadcast spray. Herbicide spraying does not take place in subdivisions, near bodies of water, along mowed lawns or along officially designated county “Natural Beauty Roads”.

Property owners, who would rather not have vegetation sprayed along the road right-of-way abutting their property, have the option to opt out. To opt out, property owners must complete the following before July 15, 2019:

  1. Return completed “No Treatment Zone” application form to WCRC
  2. Clear the road right-of-way abutting your property of weed growth and brush
  3. Once the area has been cleared, notify WCRC. Prior to the herbicide spraying, WCRC will mark the start and end of your property using stakes and direct its contractor to not spray the staked area

For more information about WCRC’s roadside vegetation control program visit:

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