Department of Highways, District 7
The KYTC Department of Highways, District Seven announces that removal of signs illegally placed on state right of way has begun

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  David B. Thacker
Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
District Seven
859-246-2355
davidb.thacker@ky.gov
 


The KYTC Department of Highways, District Seven announces that removal of signs illegally placed on state right of way has begun

 

LEXINGTON, KY. - (March 24, 2006) – The Department of Highways has begun removing illegally placed signs located on state right of way in the 12 county area of District Seven.  This includes Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Scott, and Woodford Counties.

 

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 Seven 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," said Robert Sturgeon, Chief District Engineer. "There are 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."

 

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