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State road crews remove campaign signs

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

The closer we get to the May primaries, the more campaign signs we see popping up all over the region.

The problem is, some are posted along the sides of roads where they are not permitted.

Highway Departments across the state are out removing signs that are in the wrong place.

Driving around this time of year, you are bound to be bombarded with campaign ads.

"The number of election signs on state routes has really increased, the closer we have gotten to the may primary," says Jonathan Dobson with District 11 Department of Highways.

But State Highway Departments are removing ones not placed properly.

Signs cannot be in a state right-of-way, meaning state-owned property on the sides of roads.

Officials say the signs could block maintenance crews, but are also a safety hazard.

"Even the smallest of signs, if it's in the right spot, could pose a problem for someone trying to pull into an intersection or pull out of a driveway," Dobson says.

Eliminating signs blocking right of way does not just target campaign ads.

"This would also take into account commercial signs, signs for yard sales--things like that," Dobson says.

Officials say there is no political bias when it comes to removing signs.

"Our crews are just trying to do their jobs, and we would hope our candidates will take that into account and not hold it against them!" Dobson says smiling.

He says signs simply put in the right place, will not wind up here.

State highway officials say owners can retrieve their removed signs at by showing identification and completing a claim form.

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