Elizabethtown Highway District
Campaign signs will be removed from state right of way

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 14, 2010  
Contact Information:  Mark Brown, 270-766-5066 or MarkA.Brown@ky.gov  

Signs block motorists’ vision, pose hazards for drivers and workers

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2010) — Campaign and other temporary signage placed illegally on the state highway right of way will be removed to maintain safety, according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials.


“Political and advertising signs can limit sight distance, especially near intersections, and create a hazard for maintenance crews,” said Patty Dunaway, chief engineer for the Elizabethtown highway district.


Kentucky law and Transportation Cabinet policy prohibit the placement of political or other advertising signs on state right of way, including signs attached to utility poles within the state right of way.


Illegal signs will be moved to the state highway garage in each county and kept for two weeks. Owners may claim them by showing identification and completing a claim form. Unclaimed signs will be discarded.


“Employees who are removing signs are acting in the best interest of all motorists and of maintenance crews,” Steve Waddle, acting state highway engineer, said. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding.”