Tree project shapes Hwy. 248 landscape outside Cassville

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The trees along a 14-mile stretch between Cassville and Highway 39 on Highway 248 have a different appearance now, thanks to MoDOT maintenance crews, who have been trimming the trees and removing brush in an effort to keep roadways safe. The crews have removed an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 cubic yards of material. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Work helps promote safety on the roadways

Residents traveling on Highway 248, a 14-mile stretch between Cassville and Highway 39, may have noticed a lot of workers and traffic delays in recent weeks, along with a difference in the landscape.

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) workers are wrapping up a tree-trimming and brush-clearing maintenance project in the right-of-way to shape trees and keep drivers safe.

“Specifically on Highway 248, we are clearing small brush and trees along both sides of the road,” said David Mitchell, senior communications specialist for MoDOT’s southwest district. “Cassville maintenance crews are finished cutting and are cleaning up and chipping the debris.”

The work is done annually this time of year to promote safety on the roadways by providing better visibility for drivers around curves and hills, including school buses; allowing the highway to dry quicker after rains; and allowing ice and snow to melt quicker.

The workers will continue to Route D, with Galena maintenance performing the work from Route 39 to Route D.

Mitchell said workers have cut an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 cubic yards of material.

Barry Electric is also wrapping up a year-long tree-trimming project for which it hired three contractors to assist with to help maintain safe and efficient electric service for customers.

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