Motorists on the M7 in Kildare may have done a double-take in recent days if they spotted a remote control mower cutting grass on the steep banks of the motorway.
Kildare Co Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland have hired contractors to operate the machine to maintain the grassy slopes near Junction 13 (Kildare Village) in a safe way.
The versatile machines can cut on slopes of up to 55 degrees - virtually impossible for a manually operated mower.
Only one operator needs to use the apparatus and can do so at a safe distance to avoid risks of being injured.
Acres of grass along the motorway network must be maintained every year to keep it neat and tidy.
A remote control mower can complete two days of mowing in a few hours.
It can be used on any steep terrain where workers can't operate safely.
The Spider slope mower manufactured in the Czech Republic is one of the most popular machines for this purpose.
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