The Town of Sandwich this week announced that the Department of Public Works will begin pruning roadside trees and shrubs. The maintenance along public roadways is referred to as "brushing".
Brushing is done each year to make the roads safer for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
DPW workers will clear the vegetation back 10 to 15 feet to improve sight lines, improve sign visibility and provide recovery and safe areas. Vegetation will also be pruned vertically, to provide proper clearance for trucks. Vertical pruning is most important for the winter months when snow and ice can weigh down branches, the release said.
Sandwich residents are encouraged to prune their own vegetation, but in the event it is not enough, the DPW may have to cut back plantings that are too close to the road.
There is a science to brushing. To learn more, see the Federal Highway Administration's "Vegetation Control for Safety" here.
Anyone with questions about the annual brushing is asked to contact Tree Warden Justin O'Connor at 508-833-8002 or [email protected]