Department of Highways, District 10
One -day grace period announced for removal of signs illegally placed on state right of way

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 01, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY. – (March 1, 2006) -- Businesses and individuals who have illegally placed signs on state right of way in the 10-county area of the Department of Highways District 10 have one more day before the signs will be removed.

The sign removal project was initially slated to start today (Wednesday, March 1) but the Transportation Cabinet is giving sign owners until tomorrow to remove their own illegally-placed signs in the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe.

"We've had several calls about this effort, so we decided to allow another day for those who have illegally placed their signs on state property to take them down," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for District 10. "We realize that individuals and businesses may have quite a bit of money invested in these signs and we want to give them the opportunity to comply with the law and not lose their investment. We hope they will take advantage of this grace period to do so."

The signs slated for removal include temporary signs such as those promoting political candidates, "work at home" opportunities, low-cost Internet connections, and the like. Permanently installed signs that encroach on state right of way in District 10 will continue to be addressed by the district's permits officer.

Any signs that are removed will be taken to the state highway garage in that county, where they will be kept for two weeks before being disposed of. This will give the signs' owner an opportunity to claim them. Persons claiming them will need to show identification before they can claim confiscated signs.

The signs are being removed for legal and safety reasons. Illegally-placed signs that encroach on state right of way can obscure sight distances at intersections, hills and curves; block 'recovery zones' for drivers involved in accidents; create a distraction for motorists; and interfere with maintenance activities on state highways.

"The safety of the traveling public is our overriding concern," Wagner-Justice said. "There are several valid safety reasons that signs should not be placed on state right of way, and we are committed to keeping our highways as safe as possible."