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Right of Way Maintenance



Mitch Morgan, Storm Water Coordinator       Ed Kersey ROW Supervisor     

 Operation Hours: Mon-Thur 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Contact Telephone Number:  (352) 393-8161


Right-of-Way Mission (ROW):

Our ROW crew mission is to clear intersections and overgrown vegetation from areas that are mowed during mowing season. We also clear vision triangles and any overgrown vegetation out of ROW, Sidewalk maintenance, which includes edging, vegetation cutback to clear walking path on either side and to a height of 7', Application of herbicide on wooded areas, fence lines and curb& gutters, and Clear overgrowth from City owned lots.


  Charles West - ROW Maintenance                               




ROW Maintenance is necessary;       


            1)  To ensure oncoming traffic is visible at intersections to ensure our citizens safety;

            2)  To reduce the amount of vegetation in the way of the tractor operators and prevent vegetation

                  from hitting the operators while mowing to ensure their safety;

            3)  Upon request, to clear City owned property where some one has lived or someone has 

                  placed abandoned debris; and

           4)  Aesthetics; maintain the City's ROW to the highest standard to ensure that our roadways,

                 right-of-ways and intersections have clear visibility and is safe for our citizens.          


The ROW crew does not maintain Home Owner Association (HOA) R.O.W.s, Subdivisions, Commercial Property or Private Property.


Willie YoungJoe Tyson

Al Hicks - Completing Sidewalk Maintenance




           1.  Edge sidewalk and curbs and cut back the pedestrian R.O.W. to a height of 7";

           2.  Clear vision triangles and traffic signage and fire hydrants;

            3.  Clean up storm and trash debris from sidewalk and R.O.W.;

            4.  Clean and maintain their tools and equipment including field repairs as necessary;

            5.  Clear City-owned lots of overgrowth and debris;

             6.  Set up safety work zones; and

             7.  Apply herbicide to problem areas.

          MOWING DUTIES:

              1.  Clean debris from R.O.W. before mowing;


              2.  Mow ditch bank and retention basins;


              3.  Mow City lots;


              4.  Daily maintenance of tractors and mowers, field repairs and yearly tune-ups for mowing season; and


              5.  Apply herbicide to curb and gutter on City R.O.W. at 3% mix.

         R.O.W. Mowing Routes:

             There are five (5) R.O.W. mowing routes and they are as listed below:

            1)  Ditch Route                   

                   The Ditch Route consists of drainage ditches and retention ponds throughout the city.  Ditches

                  and Retention ponds drains City streets and neighborhoods. The operator assigned this route is

                   tasked with mowing the tops of the ditch, and retention ponds as much as possible, while checking

                   for signs of ditch erosion or blockage, which is reported and recorded by dispatch for the drainage

                   crew to check and repair as needed.

             2) Large Route

                    The Large route consists of mowing wider areas with generally no sidewalk, non curb and guttered

                    ROW. Larger and heavier tractors with 6ft flail mowers are used to mow this route.

            3)  Median Route

                     The Median route consists of mostly  sidewalk areas within the City of Gainesville. This is a smaller

                     and ligher route where smaller tractors such as the New Holland TC30 is used for mowing.

             4)  Southwest Annex Route I

                    (SW Annex) consists of Sidewalk, R.O.W. and Retention Pond mowing with one zero turn , truck    

                   and trailer. Equipment used to mow  these areas are transported to the job site daily for safety ,

                    reasons because of the distance the operator has to travel on a tractor.

                5)  Southwest Annex Route II

                   This route consists of two operators with Sidewalk, ROW and Retention Pond mowing with two zero

                  turn mowers, one truck and trailer.










Last updated July 28, 2011 

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