February 6, 2014
Department of Highways personnel are encountering an increased number of campaign and advertising signs on the right of way of state-maintained routes.
“This is a matter of safety,” said Sherri Chappell, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 11. This includes Harlan, Bell, Jackson, Laurel, Clay, Leslie, Whitley and Knox counties.
“These signs restrict sight distance at busy intersections. They are often placed in the ‘clear zone,’ which is the recovery zone for motorists who run off the roadway. Others interfere with our maintenance activities,” Chappell said.
Illegally-placed signs will be moved to the state highway garage in each county and kept for two weeks. Owners may claim them by showing identification and completing a claim form.
Unclaimed signs will be discarded, Chappell said.
“The signs will be removed without regard to whom they promote. We will treat all illegally-placed signs equally,” Chappell said.
Kentucky law and Transportation Cabinet policy prohibit the placement of political or other advertising signs on state right of way, including signs attached to utility poles within the state right of way.
“When our employees remove illegally-placed signs, they are simply doing their jobs as required by law and as directed by the Department of Highways,” Chappell said. “We appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation.”