Posted: Wednesday, April 16th 2014 at 10:45am
With elections coming up, GDOT says: It's the law, don't put signs on right of way
By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE State transportation officials say they expect the number of political signs to increase as elections near, and they are reminding Georgians that it's illegal to place the signs in the right of way of the state highway system.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials say workers typically have to pick up several hundred signs during election seasons.
Officials say signs in the right of way that advertise yard sales, real estate or political candidates are examples of signs that are prohibited.
In the midst of this political season, Georgia DOT would like to clarify the laws that deal with signs along State Routes and Interstates, explained Gainesville GDOT District Maintenance Engineer Bayne Smith. As part of our routine maintenance work; the Department will remove any and all signs from our right of way. Right of way is defined as the strip of land over which facilities such as highways, railroads or power lines are built and maintained. It is a wise practice to ask the property owner where the right of way line is when you get permission to install your sign on their property.
Signs that are removed from right of way by department personnel will be held for a short while and then destroyed.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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