BAXTER, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Transportation
reminds farmers that planting crops within rights of way is illegal
because as crops grow higher and fuller they can block motorists'
vision and create other safety problems.
State law also prohibits plowing and tilling in rights of way, including
driving lanes, shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections.
Steve Lund, MnDOT's state maintenance engineer, encourages individuals
to contact the local MnDOT office for restrictions and prohibitions
Our roadway regulation inspectors are knowledgeable and willing
to help landowners adopt practices that enhance safety and the environment,
Lund said. The goal of these restrictions is to ensure safety
and to protect roadside environments.
The department also advises that mowing and haying on rights of
way may require a permit.
Our roadways present many unique characteristics, Lund
said. This requires us to consider farmers mowing and
haying rights on a case-by-case basis.
A deposit on a permit may be required and will be returned when
all work has been completed in accordance with the provisions of
Permits for locations where mowing is allowed are distributed on
a first-come, first- served basis.
For more information on mowing permits in central Minnesota contact
, road regulations,
St. Cloud, at 320-223-6522; or Ken
, road regulations, Baxter, at 218-828-5777.