FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way
The Wyoming Department of Transportation today issued a reminder that advertising signs cannot be placed in the state right-of-way.
“We’ve seen an increase in the number of signs our maintenance crews are having to remove from the right-of-way fence or from the right-of-way itself,” said Frank Palazzolo, WYDOT maintenance foreman in Cody. “Wyoming law and WYDOT policy prohibit placement of signs in those areas, so when our maintenance crews come through an area, they pick them up and take them to the area maintenance office. Whoever owns the sign has two weeks to claim the sign, and then we dispose of the sign.”
Wyoming Statute 24-10-104 states that outdoor advertising must meet certain conditions for placement.
Fines and even jail time can be inflicted on those who don’t comply with the law.
“The signs can become a real problem for motorists, both by restricting line of sight and creating a potential collision hazard,” Palazzolo said.
"We understand signs are placed to help businesses, but rights-of-way must stay clear of signs for safety reasons," said Cody Beers, WYDOT public involvement specialist in Riverton.
One of WYDOT’s goals is to provide a safe travel experience, Beers said.
“To avoid being held liable for an injury or death, we can’t allow anyone to place objects in the right-of-way. Objects obstruct views and can be distractions to drivers," Beers said.
Business people who believe their signs may have been removed by WYDOT crews may contact the nearest WYDOT maintenance office to make arrangements to pick up the signs.
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public involvement specialist, at 856-1341.