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Corn in Right of Way
Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is reminding landowners and farmers that corn that has been planted and is encroaching in the road right-of-ways can be a very serious sight problem on the narrower township and county roads. “Such sight problems limiting the ability of the traveling public to see, can be particularly hazardous; causing the very real and dangerous potential for intersection accidents,” Wiechart said.
The Mercer County Engineer’s Office requests that landowners review these intersections where they have corn planted and if they see sight problems, they lessen the hazard by removing that portion of the crop that is obstructing the clear line of sight. Details regarding existing township and county road right-of-ways may be obtained by contacting the engineer’s office.
CHIP & SEAL SEASON
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that crews will be starting the yearly chip and seal work on approximately 120 miles of rural local roads in Mercer County.
We are requesting that yard mowing trimmings not be blown onto the county and township roads. Cut grass on the pavement creates additional prep work to get the roads ready for chip and seal and impedes the speed of the work.
Blowing excess grass onto the roadway also makes a hazard for motorists and especially motorcycle riders that most of us don’t think about related to loss of traction. This becomes even more dangerous with rain on the roadway. Stopping distances increase and friction between the tires and pavement decrease. This scenario has caused tragic accidents and has opened up unknowing property owners to lawsuits. We respectfully request that private mowers are turned around for a couple of passes to keep our roads and traveling public safe.
County and township roads with “Loose Stone” or “Loose Gravel” signs posted are roads that are scheduled to be chip and sealed this season. These roads will have temporary closures during the chip and seal process. We thank you for your patience in helping to keep the traveling public and our workers safe.