Ask 2: Who is responsible for maintaining the landscaping on highways?

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Question: Who is responsible for maintaining the landscaping on highways?

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Answer: The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is responsible for maintaining, trimming, and protecting landscape, according to its online manual.

This includes cutting grass, protecting wildflowers that pop up during the spring season, and keeping trash and litter off the highways.

This is done to prevent highway erosion, provide better drainage and protect wildlife, per the manual.

Any issues regarding landscaping and safety can be reported by contacting TxDOT here.

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A graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown, Ana moved to H-Town from sunny southern California in 2015. In 2020, she joined the KPRC 2 digital team as an intern. Ana is a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, a catmom of 3, and an aquarium enthusiast. In her spare time, she's an avid video gamer and loves to travel.