I have a seemingly simple question and would like advice as to how to go about handling it.
I am fortunate to have a very short commute to work, less than fifteen minutes, the majority of which involves mostly back-country roads over/through some mountainous area. At the ‘T” intersection of one of the smaller roads and a larger, two-lane road is where I’m having the issue. To the left of the intersection is a drainage ditch with barrier and the road slightly curves in such a way that the barrier partially blocks the sight line of oncoming traffic. It’s possible to creep out _just_ far enough to see oncoming traffic without risking getting clipped on the front bumper by another car. To the right is a very curvy road that is also coming down hill towards the intersection. At the corner of this intersection sits a private residence. They have a row of bushes that runs along their property to the right of the intersection. I turn left to go to work. The bushes have several branches that obscure the field of vision to the right. In order to see oncoming, downhill traffic from the right, I have to creep far enough out into the road that I run a real and serious risk of getting broadsided from traffic coming from the left.
I know the street name and the house number, but I don’t personally know the people who live there. I don’t know if I want to go to the township first about the obstructed view. Would it be an egregious overstepping of bounds if I send a note via snail-mail (I’m too awkward to get out and march up to their door) and politely ask them to trim back the bushes? They wouldn’t need to be completely removed and they’d only need some of the more errant branches to be trimmed back. Should I offer to help them do it? Also, can I sign my initials or must I leave my full name (and corresponding contact information for the offer to help trim). I’m skittish about doing that because, worst case scenario, they turn out to be stark raving lunatics. Am I overthinking the whole darned thing? 0922-16
In the US, most county and state governments either have the rights to or outright own the easement from the road back into the landowner’s property for the purposes of possible road widening in the future, maintenance of drains and sidewalks, trimming tree branches from power and telephone lines that parallel the road and to keep vegetation that obstructs drivers’ views trimmed. I would contact the local government’s highway/transportation department and bring those branches to someone’s attention as a driving hazard. They would then contact the property owner to advise them of the need to trim the bushes and inform them that a crew will be out on a specific date to do that.