Northwest NEWS

March 27, 2000

Home & Garden

County begins weed control program

   The King County Road Services Division will begin its roadside weed control program in unincorporated areas of the county and in the cities of Kenmore, Shoreline, and Woodinville, starting April 17.

   Certified technicians will perform controlled herbicide spraying along some road shoulders through the summer to reduce safety hazards for pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists. The spraying will also control noxious weeds that are toxic to some animals and pose environmental risks to vegetation.

   As in past years, residents who do not want crews to spray county rights-of-way 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. Maintenance agreements must be completed and returned to the Road Services Division before "owner will maintain" signs can be issued.

   Maintenance agreements should be received by the Road Services Division by April 14. The signs are provided at no charge. The county has already sent letters to property owners who asked to maintain rights-of-way last year. Signs and maintenance agreements are available by calling (206) 296-8100.