Nuisance plants can interfere with driving,
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10,
2017) — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will
begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this
month. The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants
along state highway rights of way.
The cabinet, in accordance
with KRS 176.051, targets Johnsongrass, Giant foxtail, Canada thistle, Nodding
thistle, Common teasel, Multiflora rose, Amur honeysuckle, Poison hemlock,
Marestail, Japanese knotweed and Kudzu.
Left uncontrolled, noxious
weeds can grow so large that they interfere with a driver’s line of vision on
highways. 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.
They can also smother native plants through rapid reproduction and long-term
Motorists are reminded to use
extra caution when crews spraying for weeds are out on the roadways.
Property owners can learn
more about specific treatments in their areas by contacting their district
highway office. Visit http://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/Highway-Districts.aspx
for district contact information.