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Commissioner Williams asks candidates to remove signs from right-of-way

State law is in interest of safety, aesthetics. Voluntary removal until March 20, 2006
Lisa Lee of the Adair County Judge Executive's office has passed along a notice from Marc D. Williams, Commissioner of Highways, about signs on State Right-of-Way.

While the timing of the message is aimed at candidate signs, the rules apply to any signs posted on the the State Highway Right-of-Way.

Commissioner Williams is allowing until March 20, 2006, for voluntary removal of signs posted in violation of state regulations, and offers to hold signs removed after March 20, 2006, at district garage - for a short time.Commissioner Williams writes:
With election time approaching, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) reminds you that according KRS 177.830-177.890, 603 KAR 3-080 and KYTC regulation, no advertising devise (campaign sign, etc) shall be erected within or over the state-owned highway right-of-way except in a directional or other official sign erected by or on behalf of the state or public agency having jurisdiction. Please be advised, this includes signs or stickers attached to structures already installed on state right-of-way. Because such signs can distract drivers, obstruct sight distance, reduce the recovery zone for drivers who run off the road, negatively impact roads, i.e. aesthetics, and interfere with mowing and litter removal, they are expressly prohibited on state right-of-way and will be removed.

The Cabinet understands that campaign and other signs can be expensive and therefore will not begin removal of such signs until March 20, 2006, in order to give candidates the opportunity to gather any signs that may have already been placed on state right-of-way. Further, all signs removed on or after March 20, 2006, will be held for a short time at the local Highway District Garage and can be picked up by persons with proper identification. Please note, the Cabinet cannot be responsible for damaged signs.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to improve highway safety and roadside beautification across Kentucky. The Cabinet wishes you much success in the upcoming elections.


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