MARCH 3, 1997

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Roadside spraying begins

herbicide spraying The King County Road Services Division is scheduled to begin roadside herbicide spraying in unincorporated areas of King County on March 17. As in previous years, residents, who do not want crews to spray county right-of-ways that abut their property, may post "owner will maintain" signs.
   Those residents, however, must sign an agreement with the county to maintain the right-of-way themselves.The agreements should be received by the Road Services Division by March 14. There is no charge for the signs. The county has already sent letters to property owners who asked to maintain right-of-way last year. Signs and copies of the maintenance agreement are available by calling 296-8100, or toll-free by calling 1-800-KC-ROADS.
   Herbicide spraying is designed to maintain shoulder areas for joggers, bicyclists, and pedestrains and prevent root systems from damaging roadways and sod build-up that could inhibit roadway drainage. It also prevents fire hazards from uncontrolled vegetation growth and growth that could pose visual hazards to motorists.
   Residents who maintain right-of-ways are asked to place vegetation that may contain tansy ragwort in sealable bags to prevent the spread of the weed.