We are responsible for looking after verges on the side of public roads.
We carry out a variety of maintenance tasks on roadside verges including grass cutting, weed spraying and hardening works. When planning works on roadside verges we take into account the Biodiversity Plan for County Durham in order to protect and wherever possible, enhance the natural flora and fauna of the county.
Generally, grass cutting of verges is carried out twice per year in rural areas and five times per year in urban areas. Verges in the vicinity of junctions are cut on a more regular basis to ensure that the visibility for road users is not restricted. It is also important we cut roadside verges in areas regularly to:
- maintain visibility, particularly at junctions
- prevent grass overhanging roads and pavements
- stop road signs being covered
- reduce the chance of shrubs such as brambles taking hold
You can help visibility by:
- maintaining your own hedges responsibly
- not parking on grass verges
- not placing decorative stones or logs on verges
Weed spraying is carried out at least once per year and covers channels, road gullies, footpaths, grass verges and grassed central reservations. At the same time as the weed spraying is carried out, some of our grassed central reservations are also treated with a growth retardant.
Hardening works are carried out in consultation with local residents to address particular areas of verges that are susceptible to extensive damage.