April 20, 2014

Keep campaign signs off highway right-of-way

With a host of national, state and local elections set for this fall, campaign signs are popping up like mushrooms. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reminds campaign supporters that state law prohibits the placement of any type of sign on highway right-of-way. “We’re obviously concerned about safety, and the signs on the highway right-of-way can district motorists or obstruct the view at intersections,” said Allan Johnson with the DOT Bureau of Highway Maintenance.

Of course, that doesn’t stop people from placing them in inappropriate locations anyway. “I’m sure we’ve all come up to intersections and seen a whole slew of signs there,” said Johnson. In addition to the problems they pose for drivers, Johnson said it can be dangerous for those who place the signs – and for the highway maintenance workers who have to remove them.