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Shaggy highways for travel season

Kentucky's highways are taking on a shaggier
look for the peak travel season. Grasses, shrubs and wildflowers
are exploding across median strips and road shoulders this summer
as states cut back on mowing to save money. Although there are some
environmental benefits, the principal reason for the cuts are
financial since states rely on fuel taxes to pay for highway
maintenance, and fuel sales have been hurt by the recession and the
shift toward thriftier vehicles. Virginia, Delaware, Kentucky,
Maryland, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania recently announced mowing
cutbacks.


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