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DOH buys 110 tractor mowers | News, sports, jobs

DOH buys 110 tractor mowers |  News, sports, jobs


Submitted photo The West Virginia Division of Highways has purchased 110 new John Deere tractor mowers for use in each of the state’s 10 highway districts.

CHARLESTON – With the help of Governor Jim Justice and the West Virginia Legislature, the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) has just purchased 110 new John Deere tractor mowers for use in each of the state’s 10 highway districts.

Secretary of Transportation Jimmy Polson, PE, plans to use the new machines on the Mountain State’s secondary roads. The tractor mowers, with a unit cost of approximately $122,000, are paid for through a supplemental budget appropriation requested by Governor Justice and approved by the Legislature.

“We are doing a very good job mowing our highways,” said Joe Pack, PE, WVDOH Chief of Operations. “We expect the same on our secondary roads.

‘The State Secretary is not shy about tackling a problem with sufficient resources’ Pak said.

The new mowers complement existing machines and replace machines that have lived their lives or that require too much downtime and expense to remain in good condition. In some cases, WVDOH maintenance personnel were cannibalizing parts from old machines to service tractors for which parts are no longer available.

The WVDOH plans for highways and highways to be mowed at least three times a year. Secondary roads must be mowed at least twice a year. The goal is to have even small, rural roads with little traffic mowed at least once a year.

“The solution to making this happen is to buy the right equipment to get the job done,” Pak said.

The tractor mowers arrive a few machines at a time to the WVDOH Equipment Division in Buckhannon and are sent to the ten highway districts almost immediately.

There are currently 67 new mowers in the field and in use. There are more on the way.

Keeping highways and roadsides mowed is not just an aesthetic exercise. Keeping the grass and brush along the road mown makes it easier to see other traffic, prevents vegetation from damaging cars and promotes drainage and drying of wet road surfaces.

The WVDOH is hiring in all highway districts. To find or apply for a job, visit the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) careers page.



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