A major portion of the management and maintenance effort is devoted to activities associated with vegetation control. The need for vegetation control is driven primarily by safety issues, such as minimizing fire concerns and promoting visibility of traffic, highway structures, and wildlife. Other reasons for vegetation management include controlling noxious weeds and pests, promoting good drainage to minimize storm water runoff and erosion, and protecting pavement and roadway devices.
California Roadsides - A New Perspective
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) manages approximately 15,000 miles of highway and more than 230,000 acres of right-of-way throughout California. A Major portion of the management and maintenance effort is devoted to activities associated with vegetation control. California Roadsides, A New Perspective addresses these issues.