Roadside Mowing in Sooke Supports Community Safety and Helps Reduce Wildfire Hazards

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – The District’s annual roadside mowing program, aimed at improving sightlines for drivers and removing potential wildfire hazards to about to begin! This essential maintenance work will start next week and is scheduled to continue for approximately 4 to 5 weeks.

Starting from Phillips Road and moving east towards Saseenos, the initial phase of the flail mowing operation will be active Monday through Friday, from 7:30/8:00 am until about 3:00 pm. Once this phase is completed, the crew will shift focus to the areas from Phillips Road working west, on the north side of Sooke Road / West Coast Road (WCR), over the following three weeks. The final phase will target areas starting in the west, on the south side of Sooke Road / WCR, and then regions accessible via East Sooke.

Key Benefits of the Roadside Mowing Program:

  1. Improved Sightlines: By cutting back overgrown vegetation, the program ensures that drivers have clearer visibility on the roads, enhancing safety for all road users.
  2. Wildfire Hazard Reduction: Removing excess vegetation helps to mitigate the risk of wildfires, particularly in dry conditions, by eliminating potential fuel sources.

“We are committed to maintaining safe and accessible roadways for our residents and visitors,” said Raechel Gray District of Sooke Chief Administrative Officer. “This mowing program is an important part of our efforts to reduce wildfire risks and ensure clear sightlines for drivers, thereby enhancing overall road safety.”

The District of Sooke will be closely monitoring Fire Danger Ratings throughout the duration of the mowing program. In the event of escalating fire risks, we will collaborate with relevant authorities to ensure all necessary precautions are taken to safeguard our community.

Residents are advised to exercise caution when driving near active mowing operations and to be mindful of signage and crew members on the roads.

Community Contact:
District of Sooke Reception
Tel: 250.642.1634