FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is issuing a reminder to political candidates and real estate agents that advertising cannot be placed in the state rights-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 Jon Steinke, maintenance foreman for WYDOT in Lander. “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. The candidate or agent has two weeks to claim them, and then we dispose of them.”
Wyoming Statute 22-25-115 states that campaign advertising may only be placed in the state’s right-of-way within a municipality, and then only if the municipality has passed an ordinance allowing such placement. Wyoming Statute 24-10-104 states that outdoor advertising must meet certain conditions for placement. One of those conditions refers to the placement of signs advertising the sale or lease of the property upon which they are located.
Fines and even jail time can be inflicted on those who don’t comply with the law.
Steinke said the problem arises when the sign encroaches on the state right-of-way adjacent to the property for sale.
“The signs can become a real problem for motorists, both by restricting line of sight and creating a potential collision hazard,” he said.
"We understand signs are placed to help businesses or to help candidates with their political campaigns, but rights-of-way must stay clear of signs for safety reasons," according to 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 rights-of-way. Objects obstruct views and can be distractions to drivers," Beers said.
Candidates or real estate agents who believe their signs may have been removed by WYDOT crews may contact the nearest WYDOT maintenance office to make arrangements for pickup.
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 Public Involvement Specialist, at 856-1341.