I just traveled extensively in the Eastern U.S. by car. Nowhere did I see the type of ugly, burnt band of chemical brush kill that I see all over North Carolina’s highway margins.
Who answers for this? Please find out and have them explain here. Thank you.
— Doug Zurick
Editor’s note: Xpress contacted the N.C. Department of Transportation and received the following response from spokesperson Bridgette Barthe: “For safety reasons, it is necessary to apply herbicides in the growing season following mechanical cutting to ensure that vegetation does not impede on signage along the roadway. In most cases, brush cut in 2021 has already grown to several feet in height. This application ensures that future growth is reduced. NCDOT uses extreme care when applying herbicides and does so under supervision of licensed individuals. All products used by NCDOT are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions.”
Before you comment
The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.