Properly maintained roadsides are important for the safety of motorists and active transportation users.
Pierce County's integrated roadside vegetation management program includes the use of herbicides to combat weeds and eliminate vegetation from road shoulders. In 2023, these applications will start March 27 and run through June.
Targeted noxious weed and brush control herbicide applications are also made through late November as needed. Only federal- and state-approved herbicides are used.
Crews also mow grass, cut brush, and trim trees along roadsides.
This annual maintenance work reduces fire danger, optimizes stormwater drainage, helps control noxious weeds and non-native plants, and promotes native plant growth.